LIFE IS SHORT, VALUE EVERY MOMENT.
Little Stars tells the surprisingly life-affirming stories of young people around the world living with life-limiting illnesses. Against the odds, these children and young adults are making the most of every moment thanks to the support of their loved ones, working in harmony with passionate ‘pain and palliative care’ teams.
Children’s palliative care is a response to the suffering of a child and their family facing life-threatening conditions. It’s holistic, looking at the body, mind and spirit within the social and cultural context. It cares for the child from the time of diagnosis until death, and after death it does bereavement support for the family.
Regrettably, not all conditions can be cured. However, many children with life-limiting conditions will live for years, if not decades. Currently, 20 Million children around the world can benefit from palliative care, but access to services remains an issue (ICPCN). Children are particularly at risk of inadequate pain management due to age related factors, limited access to essential medicines and misconceptions about how to effectively treat their pain. These vulnerable children and families are suffering. They are largely invisible. But for those who are receiving care, the results are extraordinary.
These remarkable stories show young people finding hope, love, joy and attainment in the face of the inevitable. Featuring Joan Marston, Dr Ednin Hamzah, Dr Sarah Friebert, Naledi Kopane, Dr Lee Ai Chong, Dr Joanne Wolfe, LeeAnne Curran, Dr Franca Benini.
ABOUT LITTLE STARS
Stories have been captured in 9 countries – the USA, South Africa, India, Australia, Malaysia, Italy, Jordan, the UK and Russia.
The series is presented by acclaimed British actor David Suchet CBE.
The series will compromise a one-hour feature film for television, with broadcast confirmed through Al Jazeera Documentary Channel. Additional broadcasters will be announced shortly. The project will also be broadly available through Pay TV, Video-On-Demand services including iTunes and NetFlix, DVD, iOS App and online. Please sign up to the newsletter to stay tuned to project related news, including about television broadcast announcements.
Guest Blog by Simon Waring A Dinosaur’s Tail: Marmaduke at the Royal Children’s… A dinosaur’s tail seems a frivolous detail to remember about my four-year old son’s Palliative Care, and yet it epitomizes the gentle approach of the Royal...read more
Great Ormond Street Hospital in London is internationally recognized as a leading center of excellence in the care of sick children. We were delighted to hear, shortly after the release of Charlie's Story, that this short film from the...read more
Guest Blog by Janice Eason Kali would not be here today if it would not have been for the help of her pain and palliative care team. They have been with her since the beginning and are still a part of her life today. The work they do is so...read more
Guest Blog by Dr Stefan Friedrichsdorf Pediatric Palliative Care is making sure that children facing a serious illness can live as long as possible, as well possible. While we hope for the best, we prepare for the worst. Pediatric palliative...read more
Guest Blog by Katherine Irene Pettus, PhD Translated by Ursula Barter COMMENT OFFRIR DES SOINS PALLIATIFS AUX ENFANTS DONT LES POSSIBILITES SONT LIMITÉES ET MENACÉS DANS LEUR SURVIE – C’ EST UN APPEL AU ROYAUME DONT NOUS POUVONS TOUS...read more
Гостевой блог Кэтрин Ирэн Петтус, Доктор Наук Read in English КАК ОКАЗАНИЕ ПАЛЛИАТИВНОЙ ПОМОЩИ ДЕТЯМ СТРАДАЮЩИМ СЕРЬЕЗНЫМИ ИЛИ НЕИЗЛЕЧИМЫМИ ЗАБОЛЕВАНИЯМИ ОДАРИВАЕТ НАС ВСЕХ. Когда сердце разбивается Бог может вступить. "Рана – это место,...read more
Guest Blog by Katherine Irene Pettus, PhD Read in French Blog de Noël Read in Russian РОЖДЕСТВЕНСКИЙ БЛОГ HOW PROVIDING PALLIATIVE CARE FOR CHILDREN WITH LIFE-LIMITING AND LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESS CALLS IN THE KINGDOM AND BENEFITS US ALL...read more
Guest Blog by Dr John Collins Throughout the world, the preferred location of care for children receiving palliative care is home for the majority of the time. At times hospital and hospice care are needed, but most families desire to be at...read more
Guest Blog by Sister Frances Dominica The greatest tragedy any family can face is the death of a beloved child. It can and does happen in every part of the world, it always has and always will. The way in which society copes with such an...read more
Article by Rob Gill for eHospice The World Cancer Congress in Melbourne last night (Friday 5 December) celebrated the official Australian launch of Little Stars, the locally-produced series of films at the heart of a global advocacy project...read more