The idol. ©José Ortiz Echagüe. VEGAP 2021
Caring for the person
In modern societies, citizens have achieved high levels of well-being and quality of life. This achievement has been made possible mainly by the consolidation of democracy, the progress of knowledge and the development of technology, among other factors.
But what is truly characteristic of the most advanced societies is that they protect their weakest and most vulnerable members: people with illnesses that affect their physical or mental integrity, migrants, people with functional diversity, people with fewer material resources... And also the most fragile age groups: the elderly and minors.
The value of care implies recognising the dignity of the human being and the rights of the other; ultimately, treating them for what they are, not for their productive capacity. It also enriches and gives deeper meaning to relationships.
Recovering the value of care helps to transform societies and humanise them, to create spaces of compassion, empathy and justice.
This challenge plays a major role in the University of Navarra's Strategy 2025, which focuses on research into personalised medicine. One of the areas on which it focuses is palliative medicine, which seeks to provide an holistic relief for those who suffer intense suffering as a result of a serious illness.