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White Book for the worldwide promotion of palliative care

The Pontifical Academy for Life presented on Ascension day, Thursday 30 Mai in Berlin the "PAL-LIFE - White Book for the worldwide promotion of palliative care". The Vatican provides important recommendations in the book on how each social group can contribute to palliative care.  PAL-LIFE has been developed by international palliative care experts. Among the experts: Thomas Sitte, CEO of the German Palliative Foundation whom you might recognise as speaker at several SIP meetings. 

During a press conference in the Apostolic Nunciature in Berlin, Sitte referred to the great value of the White Paper: "It should and can form a practical basis for all institutions that are involved in health care in some form." The White Paper offers assistance to draw up much-needed recommendations. Governments and health care providers could use PAL-LIFE as a basic strategies checklist to reduce concerns for suffering patients and their loved ones.

Sitte: "PAL-LIFE is a building block for disseminating necessary and well-founded knowledge. So we can calmly and factually explain that we do not need businesslike aid for suicide in Germany in order to alleviate suffering."

Please read the full press release in German and you can download the White Book in several languages.

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