Joan Marston

Chair, International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN), South Africa

"In many parts of the world, religious bodies are the “powerhouses” for extending care into areas that are difficult to reach. If they were to include palliative care for children as an integral part of their programmes we would be able to relieve the suffering of so many more vulnerable  children with life-limiting conditions.“"


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.