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Fifth Salzburg Question launches on World Refugee Day

Fifth Salzburg Question explores why refugees have limited access to quality health care and end of life care

Emmanuel Luyirika speaking at Session 562 - Rethinking Care Toward the End of Life

Oscar Tollast | 20.06.2017

An online conversation on care toward the end of life has asked participants to consider the standard of care available to refugees.

Earlier today, the fifth question in the Salzburg Question series was launched to coincide with World Refugee Day.

The online series has been engaging people in conversation since February 20 about issues surrounding palliative care. Participants have been using the #allmylifeQs hashtag to connect with one another.

June's question is, "145 countries signed the 1951 UN Refugee Convention - why do refugees have limited access to quality health care and #EOL care?"

Emmanuel Luyirika, executive director of the African Palliative Care Association (APCA), has helped launch the discussion.

Each question in the Salzburg Questions series is launched on an international day of observation and led by people with expertise in the field of palliative care. These people were involved in a Salzburg Global session in December: Rethinking Care Toward the End of Life.

May's question was launched by Sheila Payne, an influential leader in promoting multidisciplinary work in palliative care. She asked, “Will caring for your dying loved one bankrupt you emotionally and financially?”

In response to this question, Payne summarized her thoughts in a post for the EAPC blog.

At the time of writing, the #allmylifeQs hashtag has generated more than 8.3 million impressions on Twitter. There have been 2,416 tweets involving 475 participants from across the world. Salzburg Global is encouraging as many Fellows as possible to join in with this conversation today and for the rest of the month. 

People are also encouraged to write blogs, which could be hosted on ehospice; the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) blog; Palliverse; and the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) newsletter. Vlogs are also welcome and should be sent to so they can be posted to a dedicated YouTube channel.

Please join in the conversation and remember to use the hashtag #allmylifeQs. A Twitter list of Salzburg Global Health Fellows has been created. If you would like to be added to this list, please let us know by subscribing or contacting us on Twitter at @SalzburgGlobal.

List of dates, questions, and people leading discussions

20 February 2017 - World Day of Social Justice - Why aren't countries accountable to commitment on #EOL care for vulnerable people? - Agnes Binagwaho

20 March 2017 - World Happiness Day - Is dying well as important as living well? - Lynna Chandra

07 April 2017 - World Health Day - How have you prepared for your death? - Suresh Kumar

15 May 2017 - World Family Day - Will caring for your dying loved one bankrupt you emotionally and financially? - Sheila Payne

20 June 2017 - World Refugee Day - 145 countries signed why do refugees have limited access to quality health care and #EOL care? - Emmanuel Luyirika

17 July 2017 - World Population Day - How and what do you measure to ensure palliative & EOL care? - Richard Harding

28 September 2017 - International Right to Know Day - Doctors, Nurses, do you want to die the way your patients die? - Bruce Chernof

13 October 2017 - World Hospice and Palliative Care Day* - Do you know how to access #palliative care when you need it? - Stephen Connor

10 November 2017 - World Science Day for Peace and Development - What future research is needed to improve care for people w advanced illness & towards the end of life? - Irene Higginson

*This year's World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is taking place on Saturday, October 14. We will launch the question the day before to generate more discussion.

Oscar Tollast