Kozhikode, INDIA

Population: 600,000

Brief: Compassionate Kozhikode is located in Kozhikode, also known as Calicut. It is a city in Northern Kerala (India). Kozhikode was the first place in South India to start a palliative care service. The program started in 1993 and later developed further to have a regular outpatient clinic, inpatient unit, eight home care units, and a training centre. One of the eight home care units is a 24/7 home care program. Programs are supported by trained volunteers, the majority of whom are young people. These activities are coordinated by Institute of Palliative Medicine (www.instituteofpalliativemedicine.org) In 2015, the District Administration decided to build further activities on this social capital and floated a platform called ‘Compassionate Kozhikode’. This programme included other marginalised groups such as older people, differently abled, and people with mental illness, all under the umbrella of compassionate care through community participation. The program is three years old now. Regular community support is being provided to the inmates of the Mental Hospitals in the city. A project for community-based rehabilitation of people chronic psychiatric illness is in the preparatory phase. A major program to mainstream differently abled people is on. A platform called Campuses of Kozhikode has been set up to involve students in these activities. 68 academic institutions have already joined the program. 3000 students from these institutions are registered volunteers for the Compassionate Kozhikode program. Compassionate Kozhikode platform is managed by an informal committee led by the District Collector (Administrative Head of the District), Kozhikode.

Contact Person and Email: District Collector, Kozhikode  <dckzk.ker@nic.in> 

Website: www.compassionatekozhikode.in                  


Inverclyde, SCOTLAND, UK

Population: 80,000

Project Description: Compassionate Inverclyde is a local community development approach to building a compassionate community. Every aspect of Compassionate Inverclyde has been organically grown and developed following public conversations and engagement. The focus of development has been to enhance community capacity by developing and supporting social networks this includes peer and community support. Community engagement and development has been carried out across all age groups and organisations within Inverclyde  involving schools, churches, workplaces, community centres, hospital, local hospice, youth groups and voluntary organisations. Compassionate Inverclyde is governed by a board made up with representatives from the local community organisations and is chaired by the Chief Officer of the local Health and Social Care Partnership. 

Contact person and email: Alison Bunce alison.bunce@ardhosp.co.uk

Website address: Compassionate Inverclyde facebook page


Cologne, GERMANY

Population: One million

Brief: Cologne has 1 Million inhabitants and a catchment area of about 6 Million inhabitants. Cologne has a long tradition of welcoming immigrants, and was the home of Germany´s first palliative care unit. In 2018 we plan to establish a participatory communal "Round Table" moderated by the City of Cologne and the Palliative and Hospice Network Cologne to discuss the current status and future development towards a "Caring Community Cologne" welcoming all relevant and interested stakeholders. In addition, we have applied for a major research grant. If granted (decision pending), this would allow us to base the discussion at the Round Table on research data from Cologne inhabitants and organisations, and would enable an external evaluation of our process.

Contact Person and Email: Prof. Dr. Raymond Voltz raymond.voltz@uk-koeln.de

Website: Not available

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All with You® Compassionate Cities in Spain and Latin America

New Health Foundation (NHF) is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to develop a new model of integrated health, social and community care by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of organisations and the well-being of people with advanced stage diseases, high dependency situations and at the end of life.

All with You® is a program founded in 2014 by NEW HEALTH FOUNDATION that promote the development and long-term success of compassionate communities and cities in Spain and Latin America, involving organisations and the general public in the design and execution of activities focused on raising awareness, training, research and implementation of care and support networks for people with advanced stage diseases or who are facing the end of life.

The main objective of the All with You® programme is for people who are living with advanced illness or facing end of life to be able to satisfy their primary needs through the social and health care provided by palliative and community care, together with their support networks. Within this programme a methodology has been created (All with You ® M=method) to facilitate organisations to develop compassionate communities and cities, supported by a skilled team and tools. This methodology has resulted in locally-based coverage of the main civic sectors outlined in the Compassionate City Charter.

Inspired by the compassionate communities' movement the New Health Foundation began to identify countries, organisations and different models of implementation of compassionate communities and cities at the end of life, with the main objective being to develop a method that could be extended to organisations, communities, municipalities, cities or countries.

Link: http://todoscontigo.newhealthfoundation.org/

Contact: silvia.librada@newhealthfoundation.org

Nine cities are now places where citizens have started to promote compassion related to the end of life. These nine cities (CLICK HERE) know the importance of the involvement of the community in the care and accompaniment of those who suffer from advance illnesses.


Jiujia Village, Shilin District, Taipei City, TAIWAN

Population:      6,000 people

The grand opening ceremony of Compassionate Community in Old Street, Shilin, Taipei City, Taiwan was held on April 6th, 2018. On the same day, Taipei City Mayor Dr. Wen-Je Ko, Commissioner of Civil Affairs, Commissioner of Health Department and Commissioner of Social Welfare signed to support our Compassionate Community. The Superintendent of Taipei City Hospital, Shilin District Executive, Chief of Jiujia Village and several councilors also signed to provide their support. Furthermore, April 6th was announced International Compassionate Community Day of Taipei City.

The Old Street Compassionate Community in Shilin District, Taipei was originally constructed by Mr. Yi-Sung Ho, the Chairman of Shilin Shennong Temple as well as Chief of Jiujia Village. The main idea was “Bringing back both Fudeyang Aqueduct and the affections in Shilin Old Street” in order to awake the compassion between residents in the community. The director of community palliative care is Dr. Sheng-Jean Huang, Superintendent of Taipei City Hospital, and the 4 core ideals including humanistic value, holistic care, community network and wisdom of life were designed by Mr. Chia-Jen Liu of Taipei City Hospital in order to provide care from womb to tomb.

The Compassionate Community in Old Street, Shilin was constructed under the direction of Professor Allan Kellehear and in the spirit of the Compassionate City Charter, we hope the power germinated from Old Street, Shilin can spread to make Taipei itself a compassionate city.

Contact Person:           Mr Liu Chia Jen

Email:                          liu920411@livemail.tw

Website       Facebook link



Vic, Barcelona, SPAIN

Population: 43,000

A Program of Compassionate City (CC) has been designed and developed in the City of Vic (43.964 habitants, Barcelona region, Spain), based on the the Compassionate City Charter and other public health literature and experiments, with the joint leadership of the City Council and the Chair of Palliative Care at the University of Vic, and as an expansion of a comprehensive and integrated system of palliative care. The Program started with an assessment of needs of the city as identified by 48 social organizations with a foundational workshop and a semi-structured survey. After this assessment, the mission, vision, values and aims were agreed. The main aims consisted in promoting changes in social and cultural attitudes toward the End of Life and providing integrated care for people with advanced chronic conditions and social needs such as loneliness, poverty, low access to services at home, or conflict. The selected slogan was “Living with meaning, dignity, and support the end of life”. The program for the first year has included 19 activities (cultural, training, informative, and mixed) and followed by 1.260 attendants, and the training activities were followed by 147 people. Local and regional sponsors are funding the initiative. After a year, a quantitative and qualitative evaluation was performed, showing high participation and satisfaction of the attendants and organizations. In the second year, the care for particular vulnerable people defined as targets (EoL and social factors described before) will start with volunteers with more organizations to join the project. The key identified factors for the initial success are: the strong joint leadership between social department of the Council and the Chair; the clear aims and targets; the high participation rates, the limited size of the geographical context, which allowed high participation and recognition, and the commitment to evaluate results. 

Contact Person and Email:     Prof Gomez-Batiste xgomez@iconcologia.net

Website:         www.vicciutatcuidadora.cat

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