As many as 250 delegates from 35 countries attended the first International Children’s Palliative Care Conference held in Mumbai from February 10 to 12, 2014. CPC organised this conference in association with the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) and Tata Memorial Centre (TMC).

Speaking at the inauguration, Mr Suresh Shetty, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Maharashtra, appreciated the work done by CPC. He promised his support to extend palliative care to children across the state.

Mr Suresh Shetty, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Government of Maharashtra

Mr Suresh Shetty, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Government of Maharashtra

Cine personality Mr Kunal Kapoor gets the cultural evening going

Cine personality Mr Kunal Kapoor gets the cultural evening going

Some stars of the cultural evening seen with the organisers

Some stars of the cultural evening seen with the organisers

ICPCN Mumbai Declaration 2014

We believe that all children (neonates, children and young people) have the right to the best quality of life. When they have life-limiting conditions they have the right to high quality palliative care to meet their needs.

We believe that euthanasia is not part of children’s palliative care and is not an alternative to palliative care. It is imperative that we work together to improve access to children’s palliative care around the world, including ensuring access to appropriate pain and symptom control.

We call on all governments to transform children’s lives through the development of children’s palliative care, and in particular we urge the Belgian government to reconsider their recent decision to allow euthanasia of children.

This includes:

  1. Access to children’s palliative care within the children’s health care system
  2. Access to appropriate pain and symptom management (including medications) for all children
  3. Supporting children and their families to be able to live their lives to the best of their ability for as long as possible.

February 12, 2014

Affirm your support to this declaration.