Civil society cooperation between the hospice in Ivano-Frankivsk and the Johannes hospice in Muenster, supported by funds from the Foreign Office
The federal government supports civil society project cooperations with East European countries, using the instruments of cultural relations and educational policy. Based on partnership, with a flat organisational structure, a cooperation can become effective “outside the realm of politics“ and beyond national borders through dialogue, development, and society and social commitment. Against the background of history with its traumas and dreams, the “peaceful co-existence of the peoples in Europe“ is strengthened.
Within the programme “Expanding Cooperation with Civil Society in the Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia“, measures are eligible for funding which “develop permanent structures of civic society cooperation“, reach a large number of participants and pursue higher goals.
These goals are: “strengthening pluralism“, “encouraging discussion of values“, “opening up prospects for the future“, and “encouraging dialogue and understanding“ (Information on the Federal Foreign Office Programme)
„Capacity building in hospice work”
The proposal submitted by the Johannes Hospice has been accepted by the Federal Foreign Office for 2020 as well. The two main goals were formulated as follows:
Build capacity in hospice work at the Regional Palliative Care Center (hospice) in Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine).
Strengthen collaboration between the two hospices in terms of volunteering, fundraising, public relations, pastoral care and palliative care in Ivano-Frankivsk and Münster.
The Regional Clinical Palliative Care Center (Hospice) in Ivano-Frankivsk was founded in 1997 and has the status of a regional medical institution. Its task is to offer comprehensive care for the dying and their families. At the same time, students of the Medical College and the Medical University can learn there under realistic conditions. For further information: see palliacentre.com.ua (only in the Ukrainian language).
Project implementation period:
March 2020 to December 2020
- Week-long stay by four people from Ukraine: fundraising and public relations officers from the Palliative Care Center (hospice) and volunteers and pastoral care officers from the Palliative Care Center and the oblast.
- Course for volunteers in hospice work in Ivano-Frankivsk, conducted by two coordinators from the Johannes Hospice, together with the pastors responsible for the course from the Palliative Care Center in Ivano-Frankivsk and the oblast.
- Development of a textbook on palliative care in the Ukrainian language in cooperation with three senior nurses and two doctors from Ivano-Frankivsk.
The project aims to use appropriate measures to promote important aspects of hospice activities in Ivano-Frankivsk by promoting the voluntary work as well as the fundraising and public relations work of the hospice, for example.
Furthermore, nursing should also receive a boost. Interdisciplinary work, an essential element in palliative care, can only be successful if each profession is able to contribute its specific skills in an equal way. The planned textbook will close this gap. It can be used as a reference throughout the country while at the same time revealing what a palliative care specialist needs to know. The textbook will also contribute to the necessary changes for a better qualification.
Activities carried out:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions in travelling between Ukraine and Germany, it was not possible to realize the activities mentioned under point 1 and point 2. The development of a textbook on palliative care in Ukrainian language (point 3) was successfully carried out. It is expected to be published by an Ukrainian publisher in the first quarter of 2021.