written by: Mikee Pasaporte
Last Friday, March 13, 2015, The Ruth Foundation in partnership with the Philippine Society of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Philippine Cancer Society, soft-launched the Leadership For HOPE Certificate Program. Among the fusion of attendees from different fields that evening were professionals from the medical field, pharmaceutical field, the academe and frontrunners of various foundations here in the Philippines.
This certificate course program serves to strengthen core competencies among primary and secondary health care providers by equipping them with knowledge and skill to extend care within and beyond the hospital setting.
Dr. James “Jim” Cleary, a palliative care physician at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Director of Pain and Policy Studies Group at the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for Pain Policy and Palliative Care, shared his thoughts on the Gaps in End-of-Life Care with the group.
A challenge was posed by Dr. Mae Corvera to the group to cap it off: a challenge to join efforts through partnerships, participation and sponsorship, towards a greater good — a greater goal of making hospice care education and training available to more potential hospice care providers.