Over the last 5 weeks we have been providing training for the local nannies and nurses in Paediatric Palliative care. The subjects we have covered include introduction to paediatric palliative care, holistic care, symptom management, understanding & controlling pain, end of life care & bereavement.
Our training has been developed in conjunction with the ICPCN - International Children's Palliative Care Network. ICPCN provide online training as well as resources and information about paediatric palliative care. With this information and resources we were able to develop and implement a tailored training program for the local staff that work with the children we support.
It has been a huge learning journey for everyone involved!
We would like to say a huge thank you to ICPCN. We plan to have the training materials made available on ICPCN’s website, and on Little Feather's website in the near future. These will be (as far as we know) the first resources in Paediatric Palliative Care made in Vietnamese.
A lot of our work for Little Feather Foundation is hands on care for the children, but as our organisation continues to grow we hope that the little ripples we make can turn into bigger waves.
Palliative Care is still a very new concept in Vietnam, and we would love to be a part of educating others about it and making it more accessible to those who need it. At the moment, worldwide, many people who desperately need palliative care do not receive it. There are a number of issues that hold countries back including a lack of health professionals trained in the field, as well as limited education and minimal access to opioids.
We are so proud of our colleagues - the local nannies and nurses, who attended each session with an open mind and an open heart. We hope they are able to take with them the knowledge learnt from this training course and utilise it to benefit not only the special children they care for, but also realise the value in themselves and feel a sense of pride as they continue to do the amazing, and difficult, work they do.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Nguyen Thu Hang who did an incredible job of translating the training (including some especially tricky medical terminology) into Vietnamese, and to Khoi and Quan who helped to to present the training in Vietnamese.
Another big thank you to Kelly Rogers for her amazing support and assistance to our wonderful nurse/presenter Jacqui Riddell, who we are so genuinely grateful for!