The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO and at the 67th World Health Assembly, held in May this year, it historically adopted the first ever stand alone palliative care resolution.
The resolution outlines clear recommendations to improve access to and availability of hospice and palliative care. These include ensuring palliative care is included in all national health policies and budgets, and in the curricula for health professionals.
Vitally, it also highlights the need for countries to ensure that there is an adequate supply of all essential palliative care medicines for adults and children.
The WPCA is now calling for action, and has produced some simple guidance to help national hospice and palliative care organisations to advocate for the implementation of these recommendations in their own country.
For further information and support you can contact Claire Morris and Stephen Connor at the WPCA (email@example.com).