About the Charter

The “Religions of the World Charter for Children's Palliative Care” was written to help dismantle the barriers that prevent over 20 million children worldwide affected by serious illnesses from receiving care that is appropriate to their age and disease.

Religions have global reach and due to their broadly recognized moral authority can provide fundamental support for children's palliative care provisions by:

  • affirming that all children with serious illness should have guaranteed access to palliative care
  • confirming that alleviating pain is a moral and religious obligation
  • recommending to political leaders and policy makers that children's palliative care should be integrated into every national healthcare system
  • strengthening the movement for the global availability of children's palliative care through the involvement and endorsements of all religious, faith, and community leaders.

In collaboration with
Accademia Pontificia per la Vita

Kindly supported by
Banca Patrimoni Sella


I will do all within my power so that every child with a life limiting or a life-threatening illness has access to paediatric palliative care.

Paediatric Palliative Care is the best approach for all children and young people suffering from a life-threatening and/or life-limiting disease.

Collectively, we have the opportunity and awareness to advocate for child-specific palliative care and for its provision as an integral part of the health care system of every country and relieve the suffering of so many more vulnerable children with life-threatening and life-limiting illness.