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Huffington Post article published on palliative care, Universal Health Coverage and the Global Goal for Health

21 December 2015

An article published in the ‘Impact’ section of Huffington Post discusses the importance of palliative care and the need to prioritise it in discussions around Universal Health Coverage and the Global Goal for Health.

The article follows Yodit*, a fifty-year-old widow, who lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Yodit is HIV positive and has cervical cancer.

It explains the difficulties faced by Yodit and her family due to her severe pain and symptom burden, and how Hospice Ethiopia helped to address these problems and get Yodit back to her job and supporting her family.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a target of the Global Goal for Health. It means that all people should be able to use all the good quality health services they need, without being exposed to financial hardship.

Hospice and palliative care services are an important part of UHC, as they aim to relieve suffering and to improve quality of life for adults and children affected by life-threatening and life-limiting illness.

The article highlights the report: Palliative Care and the Global Goal for Health, published recently by international palliative care organisations ahead of Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December.

This report describes how the Global Goal for Health can help improve palliative care for people with life-threatening and life-limiting illness globally. It calls on civil society, governments and UN agencies to insist that palliative care be prioritised as part of the new Global Goals.

You can access the article on the Huffington Post website.

*Name changed to protect identity.

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