A Call to Action for Ensuring Humane Care at the End of Life
‘The Mathura Declaration’ aims to promote Palliative and End of Life Care (EOLC) to those who are terminally ill and dying.
Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India, 30th April 2017: The newly formed Citizens’ Action Needed for Dignity in Death (CANDID) and a multi professional medical association called End of Life Care in India Task force (ELICIT), bring together, for the first time, individuals from varied walks of life to promote humane and compassionate care of terminally ill and dying persons.
This Advocacy is found to be necessary against the backdrop of inadequate awareness among the public, care-providers and policy-makers, of the complex issues around compassionate and appropriate care of the terminally ill and dying persons that impact every citizen’s life.
Palliative and End of Life Care (EOLC), is about appropriate transitioning from disease-oriented care to symptom management, ensuring comfort in the dying phase.
The Mathura Declaration states the following:
1. Quality of life is a right guaranteed under the Constitution to every citizen of India and must be upheld, including at the end of life.
2. Palliative and End of Life Care (EOLC) are important means to ensure this.
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