Celebrate World Palliative Care Day

8 Oct 2022 - 2:00

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, health systems have been under tremendous pressure, allocating their resources to combating the pandemic emergency, at the expense of other essential care. In this context, serious illness, the end of life and bereavement were often raw experiences of isolation and loneliness. In an unequal world, many still feel the impacts of the pandemic and postponed diseases, heightened by new emergencies – armed conflict, extreme poverty, climate crisis, forced migration, food and health insecurity.

Under the motto “Healing Hearts and Communities”, this year the World Day of Palliative Care aims to draw attention to the importance of PC as a Human Right, but also as a fundamental dimension of public health policies, defending their proximity to people. and communities and equitable access by all who need them.

OPEN DAY - Program

14:00 – Welcome, presentation and justification of topics

14:20 – Interventions

Which PC in the context of a pandemic and in the post-pandemic? – Ana Paula Nunes

CP in an aged, sicker and unequal Portugal – Sandra Alves

PCs leave the Hospital: Compassionate Communities – Maria João Santos

The many faces of PC: an Atlas for the Activist – Cíntia Águas, CNECV

18:00 – Closing


Ana Paula Nunes, ESSCVP

Degree in Nursing. Degree in Clinical Psychology. Master in Psychopathology and Clinical Psychology, Course of Higher Studies Specialized in Child Health and Pediatrics. PhD in Bioethics. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Higher School of Health of the Portuguese Red Cross.


Sandra Alves, ESSCVP

Degree in Physiotherapy from the Escola Superior de Saúde do Alcoitão. Postgraduate studies in Bioethics. She is a Professor at the Higher School of Health of the Portuguese Red Cross in Lisbon, and President of the Ethics Committee of the ESSCVP Lisbon.


Maria Joao Santos, SCML

 Degree in Nursing. Postgraduate Studies in Bioethics, Pediatric Palliative and Palliative Care and Integrative Approach to Grief Processes. She is Technical-Pedagogical Director of the Training Center of Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa and Guest Professor at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, UC Bioethics in the Master's Degree in Medical Microbiology. Professor at the Senior University of Barcarena.


Cíntia Aguas, CNECV

Degree in Law. She is Executive Secretary of the National Council of Ethics for Life Sciences. He is Vice-President of the Ethics Committee of the Higher School of Health of the Portuguese Red Cross – Lisbon, Member of the Center for Bioethics Studies and Member of the Ethics Reflection Group of the Portuguese Association for Palliative Care.