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Commemorating 'Palliative Care Day' in Paraguay

On 7 October, the Embassy delivered donations to the National Cancer Institute (INCAN) to commemorate ‘Palliative Care Day’.

Ambassador Jeremy Hobbs and his wife Eréndira Hobbs delivering donations to the National Cancer Institute
Ambassador Jeremy Hobbs and his wife Eréndira Hobbs delivering donations to the National Cancer Institute

The Embassy raised 20.000.000 PYG which were used to buy medicine and personal hygiene products for the patients. The donated sum was raised at the charity event ‘Tomate un Té (Have a cup of tea) for palliative care’, and by selling cookies during a street party event called ‘Calle Cultura’. Both initiatives were organised by the Ambassador’s wife, Mrs. Eréndira Hobbs in the framework of the British Week which took place in September.

Local electrical appliances company Inverfin contributed to this cause by donating 11 fans and 2 fridges for the patients’ use.

Moreover, we attended the inauguration of the infrastructure improvements to the building hosting the Area of Palliative Care at INCAN.

Around 1720 patients are treated in palliative care. 3700 people die from cancer every year in Paraguay, of which 3000 need permanent care. The INCAN only counts with 10 beds for patients.

Published 29 November 2016