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National Initiatives Germany: German Charta

Cross-border support for "German Charta for care of severely-ill ann palliative patients"


Until today the Charta has been signed by almost 500 organisations and  850 individuals; now the health minister of the German-speaking community of Belgium has also given his signature. Please click here to sign the Charta.

The Charta for Care of severely-ill and palliative patients was published in autumn 2010 describing the current status quo of the management of severely-ill and palliative patients in Germany and giving suggestions for improvement for future actions. About 200 Experts from 50 societal and health political institutions had participated in the 2-year-development process of the Charta.

Responsible bodies are the German Society for Palliative Medicine (“Deutsche Gesellschaft für Palliativmedizin”, DGP), the German Hospice- and Palliative Association (“Deutsche Hospiz- und PalliativVerband”, DHPV) and the German Medical Association (“Bundesärztekammer”, BÄK).

During the 90th Aachen Hospice Day (“90. Aachener Hospizgespräch”) on 22 June 2012 signatures were given different representatives of the city of Aachen as well as the communities and (cross-border) regions, e.g. by Städteregionsrat Helmut Etschenberg, state secretary of the ministry of health, emancipation, care and age of the German region of Northrheine-Westphalia (NRW), Mr Marlis Bredehorst, and minister for family, health and social affairs of the government of the German-speaking community of Belgium, Harald Mollers (ProDG). Here you can find the speech of Harald Mollers.  Due to the  “Servicestelle Hospiz”, one of the endorsing organisations of the scientific aims of SIP, the region of Aachen & its communities (“Städteregion Aachen”) was mentioned as national best-practice example for its engagement and management of palliative care patients.

More information you can find at the Charta-Website.