With the help of the municipal health administration and a deputy of the Ukrainian Parliament, VALE Hospice International was able to found Ukraine's first free hospice for cancer patients in April 2001, and it was officially opened on September 5.
Health care in Ukraine faces enormous financial difficulties. Our patients must deal with the unavailability of many medications, the outrageously high price of others, and the lack of social assistance for them and their families, and the inadequacy of care provided for the terminally ill.
Of all human rights, the right to a decent end is the easiest to make a reality and, all too often, that which society most shamefully fails to provide. How sad it would be not to help those who are on the brink of eternity, whom we will not be able to help again. In our hospice we treat all dying people as the crown of creation.
President of the VALE Hospice
Our hospice encourages the will to life in our patients and treats death as a natural process to which all of us are subject. We do not accelerate the coming of death, nor do we artificially maintain an imitation of life after its close. We devote ourselves to the relief of pain and of the other symptoms from which the dying suffer.
Palliative care, as we understand it includes offering psychological, spiritual and social help to our patients. Our system, using the experience of hospices around the world, allows our patients to remain active for as long as possible, and provides assistance to their families, both during their illness and after the end of their life.
VALE is committed to the defense of the terminally ill, affirming their right to live freely and with dignity, to be clean and not suffer pain, to express their personalities and have their last wishes fulfilled. We seek to maintain hope even when consolation, not healing, becomes the goal.
Our hospice encourages the will to life in our patients and treats death as a natural process to which all of us are subject.
We do not accelerate the coming of death, nor do we artificially maintain an imitation of life after its close.
We devote ourselves to the relief of pain and of the other symptoms from which the dying suffer.
It is our deep conviction that a hospice only exists when its services are free and available to every member of society. No one should have pay to die - to us that is a humanitarian principal and a moral value.