Muttacaud R. Rajagopal

Founder and Chiarman of Pallium India, Trivandum, Kerala, India

"Children’s faith is often absolute, and support by religious counsellors schooled in palliative care could be a major means of improving quality of life. However, particularly in multi-religious societies, misguided attempts at religious support can worsen suffering. Children need to be “met where they are”. Every palliative care worker should be able to explore what connects the child to his world and what meaning life holds for him. Skilled spiritual counsellors could intervene where necessary and possible."


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.