The Malta Hospice Movement was founded on 4thJanuary 1989 when the Founding Members, who assumed the role of the first Council of Management, formally signed the Statute which governs the Movement.
The Founding Members drew their inspiration from the work of Dame Cicely Saunders who opened St Christopher’s Hospice in 1967 and the Movement continues to model itself on her ideals. Dame Cicely’s extraordinary contribution to alleviating human suffering has resulted in world wide recognition and the mushrooming of palliative care services across the globe.
The Malta Hospice Movement is today caring for over 1000 patients and their families. Hospice services are delivered to patients suffering from cancer, motor neuron disease, end life respiratory, cardiac and renal disease. They come from all over the Maltese Islands.
Our services to patients and their families are all free of charge. We welcome everyone and value them as unique individuals, whatever their race, religion or lifestyle.
In the words of Dr Saunders:
“You matter because you are you;
And you matter to the last moment of your life”
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We are a voluntary, ‘not-for-profit’ organisation. We receive around one fourth of our funding from the Department of Health and we need to raise the balance to maintain our present levels of service. This can only be done with the help of our volunteers and the generosity of the Maltese public.
Confidentiality is something we value highly and we make every effort to maintain it.
There are many complex and varied issues for patients and their families to cope with in the face of serious illness and it can be very difficult and distressing for both to come to terms with such a situation. Our patients need help and support and this is why our services aim to address not only physical needs but also psychological, social and spiritual issues. Therefore our services are delivered by a multi professional team together with the back up of volunteers.
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