Dr Katherine Pettus, IAHPC Advocacy Officer, reported on key areas of focus for palliative care advocacy at the global level. These included:
- ensuring that the rights to palliative care and controlled medicines for older persons are included in human rights reports and narratives;
- that preparations for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem in 2016 (UNGASS) address the issue of availability of controlled medicines in all relevant documents; and
- that panels and reports on the impact of drug policy on human rights, at the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, also take an informed approach to that issue.
Dr Roberto Wenk, member of the IAHPC Board of Directors and past Chair and Director of the Programa Argentino de Medicina Paliativa-Fundación FEMEBA, Argentina, explained the planning and and delivery of an undergraduate medical curriculum that is changing students’ attitudes to caring for patients and families affected by life-limiting illness.
David Oliviere, social worker, counselor, educationalist and formerly Director of Education at St Christopher’s Hospice in London, UK, reported how an IAHPC Fellowship enabled him to deliver an intensive training program for CanSupport, a palliative home care team in New Delhi, India.
Dr Natalie Greaves, founding director of The Barbados Association of Palliative Care and Chairperson of The National Advisory Committee on Chronic Pain Management , Ministry of Health, Barbados, wrote about the inaugural Celebration of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCDay) in Barbados.
Dr Eugene Corea, Board Member, Palliative Care Association of Sri Lanka, explained how the Association has raised awareness of palliative care among school children and students as part of their Student Sensitization Program in Palliative Care.
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