World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 23 February 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch: The United Nations general assembly special session on drugs in 2016


In April 2016, representatives of the world’s nations will gather to evaluate drug policy in a United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS). While prohibitionist policies are still the norm, a rising tide of voices are demanding evidence based responses that respect human rights, promote public health, and reduce crime.

Meet Kenya’s first palliative medicine specialist

Kenya – The Star

Profile of Dr John Weru, palliative medicine specialist and leader of the palliative care team at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Kenya.

Palliative care workforce to help develop innovative new training modules

Australia – Medianet

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) is seeking the input of health professionals and others involved in palliative care around Australia to help develop two new online training modules.

Actor turns advocate at IAPCON, Hyderabad

Pallium India

“Despite being able to afford the best medical care, my mother endured a lot of pain for seven years due to various health complications,” says Actor Akkineni Nagarjuna. “Not a single doctor came to us and told us that there was an option for us in palliative care.”

How far should a doctor go? MDs say they ‘need clarity’ on Supreme Court’s assisted suicide ruling

Canada – National Post

Canada’s doctors are seeking clarity from the federal government on what the Supreme Court of Canada intended in its landmark ruling on assisted dying, including the question of how far a doctor is permitted to go in contributing to a patient’s death.

Let’s talk about sex…after cancer

Australia – Health Canal

Romance may still be lingering in the air, but for many cancer survivors Valentine’s Day was just another reminder of how their sexuality has been scarred by cancer.

A right to die, a will to live

The Indian Express

Euthanasia is never easy to discuss. So when Annapurna International School of Film + Media (AISFM) student, Sasindhar Pushpalingam, decided to venture into this territory, the idea was to start a healthy debate.

Mexico set to develop more palliative care services for children

ehospice International children’s edition

After a recent visit to Mexico with Diederik Lohman of Human Rights Watch, Dr Rut Kiman, ICPCN representative for Latin America, reports on encouraging progress to develop children’s palliative care services in that country.

Campaigning for better care at the end of life

ehospice UK

An estimated 3 million people will die during the course of the next UK parliament, so it is vital that the next government commits to improving care and support for terminally ill people and their families.

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