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How we promote hospice and palliative care worldwide
The Grünenthal Foundation for Palliative Care was set up in 1998 to promote science and research in this field and to support the care of people with severe or terminal diseases. With the Foundation's funds, the first chair for palliative medicine in Germany was established at the University Hospital Aachen in 2004. This set the ball rolling: 17 chairs and professorships in palliative medicine and pediatric palliative medicine exist in Germany today, and we hope that this number will continue to rise in the coming years. See here where teaching and research in this field are taking place in Germany today.
Chairs and professorships for palliative medicine and paediatric palliative medicine in Germany
Chair of Palliative Medicine at the University Hospital of RWTH Aachen University
Prof. Dr. med. Roman Rolke
Professorship for Oncological Palliative Medicine Charité - University Medicine Berlin Department of Haematology, Oncology and Tumour Immunology
Prof. Dr. med. Eva Schildmann MSc
Chair of Palliative Medicine at the University Hospital of the University of Bonn
Prof. Dr. med. Lukas Radbruch
Chair of Palliative Medicine at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Ostgathe
Chair of Palliative Medicine at the University Hospital of the University of Freiburg
Prof. Dr. med. Dipl-Theol. Dipl.-Caritaswiss. Gerhild Becker MSc
Chair of Palliative Medicine at the University Hospital of the University of Göttingen
Prof. Dr. med. Friedemann Nauck
Professorship for Palliative Medicine at the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf
Prof. Dr. med. Karin Oechsle
Chair of General Medicine and Palliative Medicine at the Hannover Medical School
Prof. Dr. med. Nils Schneider MPH
Chair of Palliative Medicine at Heidelberg University Hospital
Prof. Dr. med. Bernd Alt-Epping
Chair of Palliative Medicine at the University Hospital of the University of Cologne
Prof. Dr. med. Raymond Voltz
Chair of Palliative Medicine at the University Medical School of the University of Mainz
Prof. Dr. med. Martin Weber
Professorship for Social Work in Palliative Care at the Catholic Foundation University of Applied Sciences Munich
Prof. i.K. Dr. rer. biol. hum. Maria Wasner, M.A.
Chair of Palliative Medicine at the University Hospital of the University of Munich
Prof. Dr. med. Claudia Bausewein PhD MSc
Professorship for paediatric palliative medicine at the University Hospital of the University of Munich, Dr von Haunersches Kinderspital
Prof. Dr. med. Monika Führer
Professorship for Haematology, Oncology and Palliative Medicine at the University Hospital of the University of Rostock
Prof. Dr. med. Christian Junghanß
Chair of Paediatric Pain Therapy and Paediatric Palliative Medicine at the Private University of Witten/Herdecke gGmbH
Prof. Dr. med. Boris Zernikow
Professorship for Palliative Medicine at the University of Würzburg
Prof. Dr. med. Birgitt van Oorschot
However, our commitment to palliative care extends far beyond Germany. We provide particular support to regions where people have minimal access to palliative care - one example is Latin America. Currently, only about 7.6% of people who need palliative care have access to it1. This puts Latin America well below the global average of 14%.
We were all the more pleased that the first forty-four doctors from various specialities could complete the new two-year master's programme in palliative medicine and pain therapy in Peru last year. The programme is the first of its kind in Peru and was supported by our Grünenthal Foundation for Palliative Medicine with, among other things, 30 full scholarships for students.
In 2021, we supported the Latin American Palliative Care Association in the publication and dissemination of the second edition of the Latin American Atlas of Palliative Care to raise awareness of the advances and challenges in the field, both among the general public key decision-makers.
We will continue to contribute with such activities and measures to close gaps in care and improve the quality of life of patients in their final phase of life.
Learn more about Grünenthal's worldwide commitment to palliative care.
https://cuidadospaliativos.org/uploads/2021/8/Atlas%20de%20Cuidados%20Paliativos%20en%20Latinoamerica%202020.pdf Last access 05/18/2022