The Prague Charter calls on governments to relieve suffering and recognise palliative care as a human right by:
- developing health policies that address the needs of patients with life-limiting or terminal illnesses
- ensuring access to essential medicines, including controlled medications, to all who need them
- ensuring that healthcare workers receive adequate training on palliative care and pain management at undergraduate and subsequent levels
- ensuring the integration of palliative care into healthcare systems at all levels.
The European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) and its partner organisations, the International Association for Palliative Care (IAHPC), the Worldwide Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA), Human Rights Watch (HRW), and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) launched the petition in December 2012 on Avaaz org
The Charter was officially endorsed by the EAPC at the Prague Congress on May 2013 and has been translated into 23 languages and been widely disseminated to national and international health and palliative care associations.
EAPC has now launched a survey on the Charter and its use in advocacy. The results will be summarised and published in the European Journal of Palliative Care and presented at the EAPC World Congress in Copenhagen, 8-10 May 2015.
The short questionnaire, which takes only about 5 to 10 minutes to complete, will be available until 31 October 2014.