According to the WHO, Palliative Care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illnesses, through the prevention and relief of suffering through early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems: physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
Our vision is to guide patients in the terminal phase of their lives, where the patient and their family receive mental, physical and spiritual support.
Our mission is to provide support to the patient and their family from the moment of diagnosis to the terminal phase in order to alleviate physical and psychological suffering. We want them to know that we are always there for questions and uncertainties.
Another great wish is that we can increase awareness amongst nurses about the area of palliative care. So that together we can serve our neighbors, not only with medication but also supporting them in their anguish or psychological distress through attention and prayers, as well as follow up on some social problems involving family and community.
Here in Angola the patients mostly go to hospitals to seek for help. In some of these cases, help at home might be sufficient, especially when treating patients in the last stages of life. Health care is costly because there is no health insurance.