Get to know the cause



If someone is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, it is important to ensure that the patient is at the centre of any care decisions. It is important to understand that:

• They may want to know what is wrong with them
• They may need help to make decisions as to what kind of treatment they may want
• They may need to tell someone what is important to them at this stage of their life
• They may need to talk to someone about their fears
• They may need to tell someone why they are suffering

A palliative care practitioner aims to work with the patient to address these issues, because the patient matters.

Meet the artist -

Yusof Gajah,
Malaysia's foremost naive art artist.

Born Mohd Yusof bin Ismail, Malaysia's “Elephant Man” of art is the creator of the 10 elephants in the Cik Gajah limited edition series.

Hailing from Johol, Negeri Sembilan, Yusuf studied art at Sekolah Seni Rupa in Yogjakarta, Indonesia and started his career as an artist upon his return to Malaysia in 1975. Yusof cites nature as the major influence of his artwork. His career as an artist and author-illustrator of children’s books spanning over 40 years has seen his artwork featured in over 200 exhibitions and 20 solo shows across the world.

He’s no stranger to international awards, having received the Noma Concours Grand Prix in Japan (1996), and being nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award twice (2011 and 2012). He’s also been on the International Jury for several prestigious Concours i.e. NOMA Concours Picture Book Award Tokyo and Nami Island International Illustration Concours multiple times.

Most recent of all in 2016, Yusof was awarded the Anugerah Buku Negara, and Tokoh Seni Negeri Sembilan and Ahli Setia Negeri Sembilan (ANS) by the Negeri Sembilan state government.

Private collection of Yusof’s trademark elephants can be found in the National Art Gallery, Petronas Gallery, Shell Malaysia, Lone Pine Hotel, National Heart Institute (IJN), SIEMENS Malaysia and in the homes of several Malaysian royalties.

About Hospis Malaysia

Hospis Malaysia provides palliative care to patients with life-limiting illnesses and support for the people around the patient. An important part of the work that the clinical team does is communicating with patients and families and helping them talk through difficult and sensitive issues. Hospis Malaysia is also committed to increasing awareness of the need for better access to quality palliative care for all in need.

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