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UHC HUK - Delivering an innovative, quality community based care programme in Zimbabwe

Powerpoint slides from Island Hospice & Healthcare presentation: 'Delivering an innovative, quality community based care programme in Zimbabwe' at Hospice UK event: 'Palliative care and Universal Health Coverage: the role of community based care'.

UHC HUK - Integrating palliative care into district health services in Malawi

Powerpoint slides from True Colours Trust presentation: 'Integrating palliative care into district health services in Malawi' at Hospice UK event: 'Palliative care and Universal Health Coverage: the role of community based care'.

Integrating palliative care into district health services in Malawi

UHC HUK - UHC and Palliative Care – What is the Future?

Powerpoint slides from Rob Yates presentation: 'UHC and Palliative Care – What is the Future?' at Hospice UK event: 'Palliative care and Universal Health Coverage: the role of community based care'.

UN High Level Political Forum – Increasing access to palliative care towards target 3.8

Information page for advocates on palliative care and UHC for the UN High Level Political Forum in July 2017.

UN High Level Political Forum – Session on SDG 3: ‘Good Health and Wellbeing’. NGO Major Group Policy Statement and NCD Alliance Statement

Statements by the NGO Major Group and NCD Alliance for the session on SDG 3: 'Good Health and Wellbeing' at the 2017 UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

Universal access to palliative care must be an urgent priority to meet new global goal on health and well-being

Universal access to palliative care must be an urgent priority to meet the new global goal on health and well-being

The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) calls for palliative care to be addressed as an urgent priority to meet the new adopted sustainable development goal (SDG) 3: ‘Good Health and Well-being: to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’.

The WHPCA welcomes the adoption of this new global goal on health. Palliative care is a vital component of the basic and essential services within Universal Health Coverage as defined by the World Health Organisation. As such, universal access to palliative care is a fundamental requirement to achieve this global goal for those facing serious illness and potentially the end of life. The SDGs provide a vital opportunity for the world to address one of the most tragic and unnecessary forms of health inequality and one of the greatest missed opportunities of our times – to treat avoidable and unnecessary pain and suffering.

At least 20 million people need hospice and palliative care at the end of life each year and at least that many more through the course of their illness. However, shockingly 18 million people worldwide die in unnecessary pain and distress, also affecting the health and well-being of their family members and carers. With aging populations and rises in the incidence of non-communicable diseases across the world, these figures are only increasing and yet the response is not only not keeping pace, but lagging.

The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance welcomes the targets on Universal Health Coverage and Non-Communicable Diseases. However, we encourage key stakeholders worldwide to ensure that palliative care is included as an essential component of the basic package of care. Palliative care must be included in Universal Health Coverage and Non-Communicable Diseases national plans and programmes, budgeted for, monitored and implemented. If it is not, the current global tragedy of avoidable pain and distress towards the end of lives on a huge scale will continue.

Liz Gwyther, chair of the WHPCA, said “People should live as healthy lives as possible right through to the end of life without suffering avoidable pain and distress. Palliative care helps achieve this; the goals of palliative care being best possible quality of life and active living until death. Contrary to long standing myths, this is not the luxurious pinnacle of the health response but the absolute basic and minimum that anyone should expect. Despite the cost-effectiveness of palliative care and the strong evidence that palliative care improves well-being and alleviates suffering, it remains neglected in the health response and largely focussed in high income countries. These stark inequalities must be addressed as a priority. The SDGs provide a great opportunity for us all to tackle this.”              

WHO Executive Board meeting January 2018 - Draft letter to governments

Draft letter to be adapated and sent to national governements ahead of the World Health Organization Executive Board meeting in January 2018. 

WHPCA and ICPCN submission to WHO online consultation on the Montevideo Roadmap 2018-2030 on NCDs as a Sustainable Development Priority

WHPCA and ICPCN submission to WHO online consultation on the Montevideo Roadmap 2018-2030 on NCDs as a Sustainable Development Priority

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