International seminar on pain and palliation in conjunction with World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

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The seminar is being organized by Fundación Mexicana para la Salud (Funsalud – the Mexican Health Foundation), in collaboration with Tómatelo a Pecho, an NGO dedicated to raising awareness and support for breast cancer, and the Harvard Global Equity Initiative. It will take place at the National Institute of Medical Science and Nutrition Salvador Zubiran in Mexico City and will bring leading Mexican and international experts in palliative care, pain control, and health systems together with top Mexican health officials and policymakers.

“The United States and Canada use more than 350,000 mg of opioid medication for every death in pain from cancer or HIV/AIDS, compared to only 3,722 mg in Mexico and just 421 mg in India,” said Felicia Knaul, who is the director of HGEI, founder of TAP, and a director and senior economist at Funsalud. “This global pain divide is one of the world’s most grotesque and unnecessary inequities. Working together to close it is an urgent moral and medical imperative — and an essential and integral part of achieving the goal of universal health coverage.”

Last year’s seminar, which was also connected to World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, helped launch a major initiative to train primary care health providers in Mexico in pain control and palliative care, as well as efforts at legislative and regulatory reform that will improve access to pain medications.

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For further information on the seminar, please visit the links below:
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