Special journal issue on palliative care advances for adults and children

Categories: Research.

The special February 2018 issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (Volume 55, Issue 2, Supplement, Pages S1 – S5), titled ‘Palliative Care Development in Resource Limited Countries’, describes the impact that IPCI’s support of almost two decades had on the development of palliative care worldwide.

Edited by Mary Callaway and Dr Kathleen Foley, the special issue provides examples of funding initiatives of IPCI honouring both grass roots and elite strategies of IPCI to integrate palliative care into national and international health policy based on a human rights approach.

Sections found within the issue include:

  1. The International Palliative Care Initiative
  2. Country Reports
  3. Organizational Support
  4. Drug Availability
  5. Professional Develpoment
  6. Summary
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. References

International Children’s Palliative Care Network

To address the need of children with life-limiting illness, Joan Marston, Julia Downing and Sue Boucher discuss the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN), which was established to bring together individuals and organizations from around the world to improve the care of children suffering with life-limiting illnesses. The research, policy, education, and technical assistance of ICPCN to individuals, health systems, and governments are discussed as well as the success of ICPCN at getting paediatric palliative care placed on the global health agenda.

Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance

An article on the work of the WHPCA details the development and achievements of the organisation since its beginning in 2005, through registration in 2008, to recent efforts to promote palliative care globally.

Including: global advocacy for palliative care, official relations with WHO and ECOSOC accreditation, publication of the Global Atlas of Palliative Care, Palliative Care Toolkits, ehospice international, World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, current challenges, and future plans.

A separate article authored by WHPCA Executive Director, Dr Stephen R Connor, focusses on the WHPCA’s work on palliative care and TB, a complex yet essential branch of palliative care.

These articles are available to download for free until 20 March this year via the following links: