Bernard Wary, Chef de Service, Service Régional de Soins Palliatifs, CHR Metz-Thionville, France, et Coordinateur de la Fédération Francophone de Soins Palliatifs
If palliative care cannot be dissociated from giving support and care neither can it, to my mind, be dissociated from a necessary solidarity beyond our borders. To give is also to receive. A few initiatives illustrate these remarks: a 12-year partnership with Romania (with the founding of La Fondation Mobilmed [palliative care team] in Bucharest), taking part in the working parties and EAPC Congresses, welcoming and providing placements for overseas specialist staff, particularly at our regional and national conferences, and the recent partnership with the Association Pallia Familli in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
‘La Francophonie’ (French-speaking world) is not a group of countries clustered around France. It is an international organisation that stands for the values of human rights together with a cultural diversity all over the world, especially by protecting the French language, a language used by 170 million people worldwide.
To broaden our horizons, enrich our practices in a common and well-mastered language, to disseminate the palliative culture within the French-speaking community, and to initiate or develop care policies, some international palliative care specialists have set up a steering group that aims to create a French-speaking Federation of Palliative Care.
The basic idea is to bring together already existing French-speaking national associations and to encourage and facilitate the creation of such associations in countries where they do not yet exist. Bringing French-speaking associations together as a federation does not mean that we will work in competition with other national associations, or with the EAPC. On the contrary, this should create new opportunities and openings and even new members. We also have to acknowledge that palliative care was established much earlier and has developed more widely in English-speaking African countries (Uganda, for example) than in French-speaking African countries. Here again, the exchange can only be beneficial.
Above all, we want to develop a palliative care network between French-speaking countries by using electronic media. We also want to provide educational tools, to identify training centres for clinical placements, to encourage partnerships, to hold a biennial congress and to raise the awareness of ministers of health in French-speaking countries.
The steering committee was founded in 2010 during the 16th Congress of the Société Française d’Accompagnement et de Soins Palliatifs (SFAP) [the French national palliative care association], in Marseille. It has just completed the drafting of its statutes, as approved by the various national associations involved (in Belgium, France, Morocco, Quebec, Switzerland and Tunisia). The French-speaking Federation of Palliative Care annual general meeting will take place during the 2nd French-speaking Palliative Care Congress to be held in Montreal in May 2013.
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(English translation of Dr Bernard Wary’s text: EAPC social media team and Anne Claire Katgely).