The Palliative Medicine Association in Kuwait, under the leadership of Dr. Amina Al-Ansari, along with the “Sanad Palliative Care Association in Lebanon,” is launching an awareness campaign on palliative care in Kuwait this February. Supported by “Zain Telecom Group” and “Huawei,” this initiative aims to educate the community about the importance and principles of palliative care.
Lubna Ezzedine, President of both the Palliative Medicine Association and the “Sanad” Association, emphasized the significance of palliative care in providing integrated, effective support to individuals of all ages suffering from serious illnesses, especially those nearing the end of life. Ezzedine highlighted that palliative care aims to enhance the quality of life for patients, their families, and caregivers, reports Al-Jarida daily.
The campaign focuses on promoting palliative care as a fundamental human right to health, offering comprehensive support tailored to the needs of patients and their families to preserve dignity and improve their overall well-being.
Ezzedine outlined the campaign’s objectives, emphasizing the need to raise community awareness about palliative care principles, including open communication about diagnosis and disease progression. A survey conducted by the association revealed that only 34.7 percent of participants had a clear understanding of palliative care.
Additionally, misconceptions were identified, such as the belief that palliative care is only suitable for advanced stages of illness or as a last resort after failed treatments.
The campaign targets various segments of society, including patients, families, and healthcare professionals from diverse specialties.
Through educational initiatives and outreach efforts, the Palliative Medicine Association and the “Sanad” Association aspire to bridge knowledge gaps and promote a holistic approach to care for those facing serious illnesses in Kuwait.