The second national forum on pediatric palliative care was held in Kiev on 2-3 November.
It passed with the support of International Fund "Renaissance" and with the initiative of the Ukrainian Association Palliative Care to children.
The forum is an opportunity to bring together concerned professionals, government representatives and public figures who work to ensure a decent life and childhood of young patients who need palliative care. During these days the participants had the opportunity to learn best practices, discuss pressing issues and to take part in the formation of the plan of further actions towards creation of a modern system of children's palliative care in Ukraine.
Until recently in Ukraine, was available only in injectable and tablet form of morphine, which is not consistent with the recommendations of the world health organization for pain relief of terminally ill children. Morphine in syrup form is a medicinal product who made the list of essential medicines for young patients. In the last two years there were discussions about the need for registration in Ukraine of children's forms of morphine and in 2017 with the support of the Ministry of health was held check the syrup form.
Children's palliative care in Ukraine only starts to develop. You need a lot more to do in order to help seriously sick children in our country began to be similar to the modern world standards. Only combining efforts, we can build a system that will provide children and their families to a decent and quality support.