The Congress took place between 12 and 15 March in Medellin, Colombia, and also saw the inauguration of the new board of directors of the ALCP. Dr Eduardo García Yanneo of Uruguay was sworn in as president of the Association.
The ALCP presented the cartographic edition of the Atlas of Palliative Care in Latin America during the Congress. This special edition uses infographics to summarise the information gathered throughout the study.
Data presented in the Atlas shows that there are currently 922 services in 19 countries in the region. This translates to 1.6 services (teams or units) per million inhabitants; a number experts suggest covers only “a fraction” of the need. Therefore, the vast majority of patients with palliative care needs in Latin America do not have access to care and support essential to maintain a good quality of life and a dignified death.
With this project the ALCP, members of the working group responsible for the Atlas and representatives of collaborating organizations hope to contribute to the advancement and development of palliative care in Latin America.
Read more about the findings of the Atlas on ehospice.
For additional information about the Latin American Association for Palliative Care and to download the Atlas, visit the ALCP website.
The cartographic edition of the Atlas is available for free in Google Play and in Apple Store. The application name is: ics-ATLANTES.