Diederick Lohman

Associate Director, Health and Human Rights Division, Human Rights Watch, USA

"Children with life-limiting illnesses have numerous different needs. Just as healthcare systems need to ensure they have access to good pain control, they should also address these children’s social, psychological and spiritual needs."


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.