Pope Francis on Saturday sent a letter to the participants of the 32nd International Conference on the theme ‘Addressing Global Health Inequalities’. The event organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the International Confederation of Catholic Health Care Institutions is taking place in the New Synod Hall of the Vatican from 16 to 18 November.
The letter addressed to Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the Holy Father stressed that apart from having well-structured organization for providing necessary services and the best possible attention to human needs, the healthcare workers should be attuned to the importance of listening, accompanying and supporting the person for whom they care. For Pope Francis ‘compassion’ is vital to be efficient and capable of addressing inequalities.
The Pope concluded the letter exhorting the representatives of the pharmaceutical companies invited to address the issue of access to antiretroviral therapies by paediatric patients. Quoting a passage from the New Charter for Healthcare Workers, Pope Francis called them to make available essential drugs in adequate quantities, in usable forms of guaranteed quality, along with correct information, and at costs that are affordable by individuals and communities.