Why have we dedicated this year of the award to important
personalities from the field of palliative care?
Ondřej Sláma is a renowned oncologist in the Masaryk Memorial Cancer Institute in Brno and one of the pioneers of palliative medicine in the Czech Republic. With his long honest work he has gained respect of the professional public and has substantially contributed to a change in the system of care for the dying in the Czech Republic. He is the chairman of the Czech Society of Palliative Medicine, he has founded one of the first outpatient clinics for terminally ill patients, he initiated the teaching of palliative medicine at medical faculties and personally contributed to the fact that people, more than ever before, are able to express how they wish to die. Above all, he is one of those who help return the importance of the end of life into the Czech society and Czech healthcare.
Petr Lokaj works as a pediatrician and oncologist in the Children’s Hospital in Brno. He is a pioneer of palliative care for children in the Czech Republic and a physician who provided that care in his everyday practice at a time when it was taboo for the others. Thanks to his humane and empathic approach and without support from a professional palliative network he helped many families whose terminally ill children could die in a home environment. Petr Lokaj is known for his approach that may not be classified as falling under certain categories but that is always in the interest of his small patients and their parents. As a physician he helped consult the beginnings of one of the first children’s hospices Ondrášek in Ostrava. He cooperates closely with the Krtek Foundation.