Little Stars tells the surprisingly life-affirming stories of young people around the world living with life-limiting illnesses. Against the odds, these children and young adults are making the most of every moment thanks to the support of their loved ones, working in harmony with passionate ‘pain and palliative care’ teams. Children’s palliative care is a response to the suffering of a child and their family facing life-threatening conditions. It’s holistic, looking at the body, mind and spirit within the social and cultural context. It cares for the child from the time of diagnosis until death, and after death it does bereavement support for the family.

Regrettably, not all conditions can be cured. However, many children with life-limiting conditions will live for years, if not decades. Currently, 20 Million children around the world can benefit from palliative care, but access to services remains an issue (ICPCN). Children are particularly at risk of inadequate pain management due to age related factors, limited access to essential medicines and misconceptions about how to effectively treat their pain. These vulnerable children and families are suffering. They are largely invisible. But for those who are receiving care, the results are extraordinary.

These remarkable stories show young people finding hope, love, joy and attainment in the face of the inevitable.

Stories have been captured in 9 countries – the USA, South Africa, India, Australia, Malaysia, Italy, Jordan, the UK and Russia.

The series will compromise a one-hour feature film for television, with broadcast confirmed through Al Jazeera Documentary Channel. Additional broadcasters will be announced in the USA, South Africa, India, Australia, Malaysia, Italy and Russia. The project will also be broadly available through Pay TV, Video-On-Demand services including iTUnes and NetFlix, DVD, iOS App and online. Please sign up to the newsletter to stay tuned to project related news, including about television broadcast announcements.