Mark your Calendars! Save the Date! Global Palliative Care Event!

Categories: Care and Education.

Announcement by Katherine Pettus, PhD Senior Advocacy and Partnerships Director, IAHPC

Date: June 22,

Time: 3pm UK, 4pm CEST, 10am EST, 7am PST, 5pm Nairobi, 10pm Kuala Lumpur

Format: In person (Salón de Actos Fundación Ramón Areces. c/ Vitruvio 5. Madrid, Spain) and online streaming at with simultaneous English/Spanish interpretation. Register: 👉

Title  Global Palliative Care: Challenges and the Way Forward / Cuidados Paliativos Globales: Retos y expectativas futuras

Description of Event

This event is an opportunity to promote palliative care, analyse the global challenges facing its development, and reaffirm the commitment made by the World Health Organization report Addressing the Development of Palliative Care Worldwide, A Set of Actionable Indicators, prepared with Atlantes. The symposium is intended for health professionals, health system administrators, policymakers, the media and the general public, among others. Attendance is free but online registration is required

  • Speakers: Moderators and Panelists
    Marie-Charlotte Bouesseau, Word Health Organization Integrated Health Services
  • Edin Hamzah, AHPCN “Challenges in Global Palliative Care”
  • Emmanuel Luyirika, APCA, “Palliative Care in Africa and in Low and Medium Income Countries”
  • Julie Ling, EAPC, “Palliative Care in Europe: facing unexpected challenges”
  • Eduardo Bruera (MD Anderson) “Como superar el reto de introducir Cuidados Paliativos en el mundo académico” (onine)
  • Matias Najun (Hospicio Buen Samaritano Argentina) “Palliative care for the indigent”
  • Nasim Pourghazian (WHO Eastern Mediterranean) “Promoting palliative care in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region through a network of regional experts”
  • Katherine Pettus, IAHPC “Support for Palliative Care in the International Organizations”

Hosts: Fundación Ramón Areces, Madrid, World Health Organization, University of Navarra

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Background: The aim of palliative care is to alleviate the severe health-related suffering of people of all ages with serious illnesses. World Health Assembly resolution 67.19 recognises palliative care as an ethical responsibility of health systems and calls on member states of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to ensure its provision through comprehensive primary health care (PHC) services. In order to include palliative care in Universal Health Coverage, as called for in the WHO resolution, it is crucial to assess the real impact of related interventions and to identify gaps at the national level.

Today, it is estimated that more than 56.8 million people need palliative care each year, 78% of whom live in low- and middle-income countries. The availability of palliative care services remains limited for patients with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) globally, with only 39% of countries reporting widespread availability of palliative care.

In this context, this event will be an opportunity to promote palliative care, discuss the challenges faced worldwide and reiterate WHO’s commitment to the field, building on the recent publication of the WHO report Assessing the development of palliative care worldwide: a set of actionable indicators, produced jointly with ATLANTES.

This symposium is aimed at people interested in the development of palliative care, including health professionals, health managers, policy makers, the media and the general public.

Two panels of renowned international experts from different regions of the world and WHO representatives will discuss global palliative care challenges and future expectations. The following topics will be discussed by experts in the field: palliative care in lower-middle income countries, the challenges of palliative care in academia, palliative care in times of war, palliative care for people with limited resources, the promotion of palliative care by a network of professionals in Arab countries, and finally, support for palliative care by international organisations and agencies.

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