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Special journal issue highlights the global work of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance

12 February 2018
  • Community meeting held in Korail Slum, Bangladesh, for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2016

The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance has contributed two articles to a special issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, focused on the work of the Open Society Foundation’s International Palliative Care Initiative (IPCI) from 1998 to 2015.

The special issue, titled ‘Palliative Care Development in Resource Limited Countries’, describes the impact that IPCI’s support of almost two decades had on the development of palliative care worldwide.

An article on the work of the WHPCA details the development and achievements of the organisation since its beginning in 2005, through registration in 2008, to recent efforts to promote palliative care globally.

Including: global advocacy for palliative care, official relations with WHO and ECOSOC accreditation, publication of the Global Atlas of Palliative Care, Palliative Care Toolkits, ehospice international, World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, current challenges, and future plans.

A separate article authored by WHPCA Executive Director, Dr Stephen R Connor, focusses on the WHPCA’s work on palliative care and TB, a complex yet essential branch of palliative care.

Dr Connor said: “The WHPCA was created by representatives of national hospice palliative care associations worldwide to be the voice of the provider community for palliative care when global health policy was being made.

“This article describes the work of the WHPCA since its emergence in 2005. We are still at the beginning of the journey to see that all people needing palliative care receive the care they require and the relief of suffering they deserve.

“We salute the founders of the OSF International Palliative Care Initiative, as well as those currently driving the work. Thank-you for everything you have done and are still doing to advance palliative care worldwide.”

Since the article was submitted for publication, the WHPCA has continued to advance the vision of a world with universal access to palliative care by fostering, promoting and influencing the delivery of affordable, quality palliative care.

Two current projects focus on raising the voice of direct palliative care stakeholders, making sure that the people who could benefit from palliative care are involved in WHPCA governance, advocacy and communications, while at the same time raising the direct demand for palliative care.

A project in Korail Slum, Bangladesh, has grown under the leadership of local project partner, the Center for Palliative Care at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). The project aims to build a compassionate community for older people with serious illness in the slum. CPC is supporting the local community to own the project and make it sustainable.

These articles are available to download for free until 20 March this year via the following links:

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