Ecuador and the United States supported the proposal. The WHA is an international meeting of health ministers where current public health matters are discussed. Under Panama’s proposal, WHO has been asked to prepare a report on the state of palliative care internationally to guide the discussion.
This will be the first time that palliative care is on the agenda of the Executive Board and the WHA, which will meet for the 67th time in 2014.
The discussion will provide an important opportunity to raise greater awareness among top health officials from around the world about the importance of palliative care and to share information on successful models.
The discussion will likely result in the adoption of a resolution which will contain recommendations for both member states and WHO regarding measures needed to improve the availability of palliative care.