MAPPAC (PPM-001-10-18062018) is a registered non-profit non-governmental organization set up on 18 June 2018. MAPPAC aims to provide a platform for healthcare providers, volunteers and caregivers to contribute towards the development of paediatric palliative care in Malaysia.
Paediatric palliative care is also known as palliative care for children. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines palliative care for children as the active total care of the child’s body, mind and spirit, including support for the family, when a child has a life-limiting illness. A life-limiting illness is an illness for which there is no cure, and will result in a shortened life for the child.
MAPPAC activities are centered around 4 main pillars, which are:
(1) Advocacyto increase public awareness on the importance of palliative care for children
(2) Training and educationTo provide training and education programmes for healthcare providers, volunteers and caregivers of children with life-limiting illnesses
(3) Clinical servicesTo provide services that support families of children with life-limiting illnesses
(4) ResearchTo support research activities to generate new knowledge regarding paediatric palliative care.