Duka is:

  • strength
  • energy
  • courage
  • breath
  • magnitude

DUKA is also the new name of the Children’s Palliative Care Society, which unites and describes families, professionals and supporters.

The Society’s ‘duka’ is:

  • Parents of the special children-We are inspired by their ability to get up every day and find strength in their daily challenges.
  • A team of specialists-We are inspired by the work of the Children’s Palliative Care Team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!
  • Our supporters-We are inspired by the support of our fellow human beings who have been present throughout time.

Pediatric reanimatologist Pēteris Kļava answers the question, what is Duka?
A person must recieve a specific stimulus, a vector, create a virtual future, see it. This is Duka!


For more than 20 years, the Children’s Palliative Care Society has been addressing issues related to the availability and development of children’s palliative care services in Latvia.

The Society was founded in 1998 and its activities are governed by its Statutes.

In collaboration with BKUS , the Society has developed a model of children’s palliative care where services are provided by an interdisciplinary team of specialists (link to info about the team) consisting of a doctor, nurse, social worker, chaplain and psychologist.

The Society has been delegated a public governance task of providing psychosocial rehabilitation services at home for children in palliative care and their family members. The service is provided by the Society’s social workers and chaplains in accordance with Cabinet Regulation No. 766, “Regulations on psychosocial rehabilitation services for children in palliative care and their family members.

The Society is active in the development of the regulatory and policy planning documents and in the education of specialists.

24 h support

Support for families

7 days a week

Support for families

365 days a year

Support for families