Our goal: the planning and realisation of a Palliative Care Centre in Basel, across generations and with approximately 40 beds for patients and relatives.

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“Mehr Leben” (More Life) series of events – dialogue on “Quality of life and Palliative Care

On October 19th we started a series of events with a concert and introductory talks in the Basel Minster. Almost 100 guests listened to welcome addresses by Minister Dr. Caroline Schröder Field, Basel Minster; Viola Käumlen, President ‘Mehr Leben’, Per Toussaint, Ref. for communication at Federal Association of Childrens Hospices Germany and Sarah Wyss, Grand Councillor of the Basel City Council. The Concert was performed by musicians of Symphony Orchestra Collegium Musicum Basel conducted by Maestro Johannes Schläfli: Cimarosa, Mozart, Grieg, Respighi.

During the following weeks other events, like talks about themes related to Palliative Care took place at the Basel Minster, Prediger Church and St. Peter Church in Basel. Our goal was to create awareness for our project.

The Association says 'Thank You' to all participants for a successful series of events!

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The association “Mehr Leben” (more life) and the "allani Kinderhospiz Bern region" celebrate life with a moon torch

On Friday, August 17, 2018, the association celebrates the life of the children on the occasion of the 'children's life' charity run together with "allani Kinderhospiz Region Bern" and the German Federal Association of Children's Hospice e.V.

Media release of 17 August 2018

Well on track in the border triangle

The confirmed engagement of the Christoph Merian Foundation has provided our pioneer project with strong tailwind. We are also collaborating with Regio Basiliensis.

Media release of 9 July 2018

The project

The objective of palliative care
Palliative care comprises the holistic treatment of people of all ages suffering from an incurable or chronic illness.

Current situation
According to our calculations for the future, only half the requirement for palliative care for the Basel region and the whole of Northwestern Switzerland is currently covered. We believe that the demographic trend, above all the increasing share of persons aged over 80 in the population that is set to number 800,000 by 2040, calls for far-sighted advance planning.

There is in particular no Palliative Care Center for children and young people in either the border triangle or for that matter the whole of Switzerland in existence. If children suffer from a life-threatening illness and the family is confronted with the thought of losing them, there is a very special need for medical and psychological care.

The new Palliative Care Centre in Basel
The “Mehr Leben” association has set itself the target of constructing a Palliative Care Centre in Basel for patients of all generations and across national frontiers, bundling the existing human and professional resources and enabling better use of them to be made for persons affected in this region. The centre is geared entirely to the needs of palliative care, which differ greatly from normal hospital operations.

The centre offers patients the opportunity to say farewell in a supportive environment. It allows patients to spend their remaining life time in an atmosphere of peace, cared for and relieved of pain. Rooms can be individualised to create a feeling of being “at home”. Family members receive accommodation and close psychological support if required. The surroundings of the centre are laid out like a park and offer the opportunity to spend time outdoors amid nature.

The project focuses on needs-based support and an increase in well-being. The aim is to ease pain, allay fears and enable both patients and their families to part in dignity with a focus on end-of-life quality.

It is right and proper that affected persons of all ages and their families should be given more quality of life during the last stage in the patient’s life. We aim to turn this desire into reality.

The association

Our Board members:
Viola Käumlen, Co-President
Henri Gassler, Co-President
Sibylla Kämpf, member of the Board
Martin Wegmüller, member of the Board
Pierino Avoledo, member of the Board

We concentrate on developing the project and moving it forward. We will also be establishing and supporting a project group that will plan and accompany the construction, establishment and running of a new palliative care centre as a multi-generational institution.

Benefactors' Association will be founded shortly
The board has decided to set up a Benefactors' Assocation for present and future "Mehr Leben" supporters. We will keep you posted on the progress and post any helpful information on this site.


The top priority at present is funding. Even the smallest contributions can help.

We are grateful for all assistance. If you would like to participate in the implementation of this project as a donor, sponsor or with an interest-free loan, please contact us and we will draw up a concept with you. No sum is too small! We offer you a platform for you or your company to get involved. If you wish to remain anonymous, we feel obliged to you and see this as an even greater incentive.

We wish to thank the following supporters: