World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world.
Activities and events take place in approximately 70 countries each year on the second Saturday of October.
The aims of the day are:
- to share a vision to increase the availability of hospice and palliative care throughout the world by creating opportunities to speak out about the issues;
- to raise awareness and understanding of the needs – medical, social, practical, and spiritual – of people living with a life limiting illness and their families; and
- to raise funds to support and develop hospice and palliative care services around the world.
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is an activity of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance in collaboration with partners around the world.