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Hats On for Children’s Palliative Care

Author: Sue Boucher
13 October 2017

Wear a hat today to raise awareness of the more than 21 million children globally who need palliative care services.

As we lead up to World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on Saturday, with the theme 'Universal Health Coverage and Palliative Care – Don't leave those suffering behind', the International Children's Palliative Care Network asks you to 'remember the children' through their annual 'Hats On for Children's Palliative Care' campaign today. 

The aim of this day is to raise awareness of the rights of very sick children with incurable and life-threatening illnesses to receive palliative care.

We know that there are in excess of 21 million children in the world who live with a life-limiting illness or condition that will or could drastically shorten their lives.

Sadly, just 1% of these children are accessing palliative care services. Services that do exist are mostly in the developed world. Those in the developing world are often underfunded and inadequate to meet the  overwhelming need. As a result, millions of children have a poor quality of life and suffer from pain and distressing symptoms which could be controlled and significantly improved with palliative care. 

What is children's palliative care?

Children’s palliative care (CPC) is holistic care that responds to the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of a child with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness as well as providing care for the child’s family. It aims to provide expert pain relief and symptom control and whatever emotional, social and spiritual support is required to enable the affected child to enjoy the best quality of life possible in the circumstances. When necessary, it supports the child at the end of life and continues to care for the bereaved family members for as long as is needed. This care is provided by a compassionate team of people who all wear different, and sometimes many, hats!

How can you get involved in this campaign?

To take part as an individual, follow these 3 simple steps:
  1. Wear a hat to work, school or just to the shops
  2. Take a photo,upload to your Facebook page and tag @ICPCN using the hashtag #HatsOn4CPC
  3. Consider making a donation of your choosing to ICPCN or a local children's palliative care service in honour of the day

Learn more at

The ICPCN extends a big thank you Supra Media for producing the Hats on 4 CPC video. 

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