is an international association meant to group palliative care professionals from Eastern and Central Europe and Central Asia, the people who take leading part in the field of caring for the terminally ill. ECEPT is also serving as an organization gathering PC/hospice professionals and volunteers supporting the development of a network between NGOs and public health institutions, policy makers etc.
We are very obliged to all institutions and organizations especially to Open Society Institute New York
, Janssen Cilag Poland and International Education Centre in Oxford - Sobell Study Centre Oxford
for supporting Palliative Care Resource & Education Center at Hospice Pallium in Poznañ. Their donations enable us to provide free of charge training courses for most participants coming from CEE & FSU countries.
Jacek Luczak - ECEPT Managing Committee president
Ms Malgorzata Stanczyk
ECEPT CEO and PC Resource & Training Center Co-ordinator
Dear Colleagues, Dear Friends,
ECEPT is an international organisation established in Geneva in 1999 in order to enhance the realisation of tasks pointed out in Poznan Declaration (Luczak J, Stjensward J:The Poznan Declaration1998, Europ J Pal Care 1999;6(2):61-2) regarding improvement in basic opioids availability, in establishing laws and regulations crucial for organizing palliative care services, as well as developing under - and postgraduate education in palliative care.
Relevant information from the region is presented in a quarterly newsletter, issued also in an electronic version. These activities are supported by the Palliative Care Resource & Training Centre in Hospice "Pallium" and Palliative Medicine Chair and Department of University of Medical Sciences in Poznan in order to provide resources for education for all applying candidates, offering them a 2-week package of individualized theoretical and practical training - mainly for medical personnel starting palliative care services. For last 6 years, we have hosted more than 60 guests from several countries. We also offer our help to the countries to which we are invited: that includes creation of regional and national programs in palliative care, meetings with health care officials on regional and national level, co-organisation of conferences and courses, including visits to palliative care patients and their families.
We fully appreciate the work of all the people from more and more numerous palliative and hospice care teams developed in the Eastern European and Former Soviet Union's Region, for their dedication and their will to gain knowledge and skills. We learn a lot from their own experiences, gathered often in very difficult conditions, often as volunteers.
We are positive that all organisations should cooperate to support development and availability of basic and specialist palliative care, everywhere where there are patients and families demanding support. That care is an important common right, included in the Recommendations of the Council of Europe regarding organisation of palliative care (Re 2003,24). The idea of SOLIDARITY
with the suffering patient and their families requires common actions to give palliative care priority in existing health care structures.
We wish the Editors from friendly Hungary a lot of satisfaction and many successes in accomplishing this goal, we declare our cooperation.
On behalf of the ECEPT Management Committee, President