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"Bayt Abdullah" touts Rome document on children's palliative care

Cofounder and Manager of the Bayt Abdullah Children's Hospice Margaret Al-Sayer with Dr.Hilal Al-Sayer and Silvia Livier
Cofounder and Manager of the Bayt Abdullah Children's Hospice Margaret Al-Sayer with Dr.Hilal Al-Sayer and Silvia Livier

By Mehdi Nemr

ROME, Nov 12 (KUNA) -- Cofounder and Manager of the Bayt Abdullah Children's Hospice Margaret Al-Sayer welcomed on Thursday a recent world document on the right of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to palliative care.
Al-Sayer was in Rome to participate in an international workshop that mainly aimed to write a charter endorsing children's right to palliative treatment and care.
She stressed the significance of the charter to the process of developing palliative treatment and care for children across the world.
This charter has bolstered the Kuwaiti hospice's humanitarian task of providing multi-professional, specialist, pediatric palliative care and support to children with life limiting or life threatening illnesses who are resident in Kuwait, and their families, she said.
She boasted Kuwait's pioneering experience in this field, and participation in this important global gathering that focused on palliative treatment.
Al-Sayer added that representatives of children's palliative care and the world's religions, doctors, specialists, human rightists and volunteers had attended the event.
In a recent historic gathering at the Vatican, representatives of children's palliative care and the world's religions met to draw up a charter that endorses the role of palliative care for children.
Organized by the Maruzza Foundation under the banner: "Defining the Essence of Pediatric Palliative Care: Religions Together", the gathering is an international workshop on pediatric palliative care held at the headquarters of the Pontifical Academy for Life in the Vatican City.
For the first time, leading world experts in the field of pediatric palliative care met with prominent theologians of the world's main faiths, preeminent human rights advocates, and pediatric patients and their families, to draw up a document that affirms children's palliative care as the best response to addressing the complex needs of the 20 million children on the planet suffering from life-limiting and life-threatening diseases. (end) mn.mt