World media roundup – 29 January 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Untreated pain in the lower and middle-income countries

International Drug Policy Consortium

More than 5.5 billion people (83% of the world’s population) in over 150 countries have low to non-existent access to morphine and other controlled medicines for pain relief, palliative care or opioid dependency.

When relieving suffering means removing legal burdens

Kenya- Open Society Foundations

The Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) has been training healthcare providers to become paralegals, empowering them to identify legal issues, give basic legal advice and refer more complicated cases to pro-bono lawyers.

Palliative care in India suffers due to cumbersome rules

India- The Lancet Oncology

Easy access to, and availability of, opioids for patients with cancer in India is no closer to reality following a delay in the approval of crucial legislation to relax rules governing such drugs.

Hospice staff sharing their end of life expertise with care home and other nurses

UK- Living with dementia magazine

An education programme set up by St Christopher’s Hospice in London is helping hospice staff to share their expertise in end of life care with nurses in hospitals and other settings, including care homes.

How long have I got left?

The New York Times

“I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed both nothing and everything. Before my cancer was diagnosed, I knew that someday I would die, but I didn’t know when. After the diagnosis, I knew that someday I would die, but I didn’t know when.”

Millions in developing countries still denied access to palliative care

New Internationalist 

Blog by David Praill, Co-Chair of the World Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA) and Chief Executive of Help the Hospices, on the launch of the Global Atlas for Palliative Care.

Palliative care strive in Kenya amid launch of Global Atlas for Palliative Care

ehospice Kenya

The Global Atlas for Palliative Care is launched as Kenya tries hard to overcome the challenges hindering palliative care integration into the health system.

First ever Global Atlas identifies unmet need for palliative care: Recognizes NNPC as a sustainable model

ehospice India

The Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the End of Life highlights Neighborhood Network in Palliative Care in Kerala, India, as one of the existing models of palliative care development in different resource settings worldwide. 

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