Palliative Care in Humanitarian Crises Workshop in JordanKristen Meagher
On 19th February, the Palliative Care team at the Center for Palliative and Cancer Care in Conflict (CPCC) at the King Hussein Cancer Centre held its first workshop for 'Palliative Care in Humanitarian Crises'. The participants were from multiple disciplines including physicians, nurses, psychologists and physiotherapists and all work for a medical humanitarian organization in northern Jordan. The workshop included training sessions on pain assessment, basic symptom management, communication skills, care of the dying patient and ethical and cultural issues in palliative and end of life care. The introductory lecture addressed the global need for palliative care with a particular focus on the more recent recognition of the need for integration of palliative care and symptom relief into the response to humanitarian emergencies and crises.