World Palliative Care and Hospice Day – A Note from Guadalajara, Mexico

October 11, 2015 at 6:55 am 3 comments

Juntos Contral El Dolor team

Juntos Contral El Dolor team

I have the honor of serving as an observer at Juntos Contra El Dolor (United Against Pain), a palliative care hospital and hospice in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Its founder, Dr. Susana Lua Nava, is a graduate of the medical school at UAG (Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara).  She did further training in the Canary Islands with Dr. Marcos Gomez Sancho, considered a highly-regarded thought leader in palliative care.

Dr. Lua, also a nun, is dedicated to creating an integrative model for Mexico which addresses the needs of not only the patient, but of the family as well.

Her non-profit produces educational seminars on palliative care for both professionals and the public.  On October 29, 30, and 31 Juntos Contra El Dolor is sponsoring a 20-hour continuing education international conference at Expo Guadalajara entitled “Crisis en Salud: Amenaza o Crecimiento?” (Health Crisis: A Threat? Or an Opportunity for Growth?).

Pain management pioneer Dr. Marcos Gomez Sancho of Spain will focus on the “Culture of Death in the Latin World”, and “Dying in Peace.” Other themes include morphine vs. marijuana, the psychological struggle in patients with terminal diseases, how the family handles a crisis and makes decisions, interventions when pain is difficult to control, nutrition, and more.

Juntos Contra El Dolor is located in the parish of San Bernardo (Mezquitan Country), known for its dedication to social justice. There is a day center for Down’s Syndrome children, a drug and alcohol live-in re-hab, a senior home, and the hospital.

Juntos Contra El Dolor serves all regardless of socio-economic standing, religious preference, age, or race.  See

Above is a photo of the Juntos team.  Dr. Lua is in the center.



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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Frank J.  |  October 11, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Most excellent!
    What an honor to be included.
    Such interesting topics, please post your experience after the conference, I eagerly await the findings.
    Sending you love & strength

  • 2. Sandra  |  November 4, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    This is a very good thing. I wish I knew how many places they have palliative care in Mexico. Do they have outpatient palliative care ? Please contact me about where to find out more information. Thank you for you kindness

  • 3. Dr. Jose L. Crespo Rivera  |  February 21, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Saludos Dra. Lua Nava Silvia Susana, estudie con usted en la Automoma de Guadalajara, soy el Puertorriqueno que usted me decia muchacho, que bueno saber de usted aunque sea de esta manera. Dios lo cuide siempre, muchas bendiciones, por facebook estoy como pito el kid


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