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Living and dying in pain: it doesn’t have to happen – World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2016

Author: Kate Jackson, ehospice
07 October 2016

Tomorrow is World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, a unified, global day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world.

The theme of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day this year is – Living and Dying in Pain: it doesn’t have to happen. This draws attention to the “global crisis” whereby 75% of the world’s population live in countries with no – or inadequate – access to controlled medications for pain relief.

Hospice and palliative care organisations around the world have registered their World Hospice and Palliative Care Day events. These include: A pop-up second hand clothing store in South Africa, football events in Uganda and Moldova, community outreach in Sierra Leone, an art exhibition in China, and many, many more.

The WHPCA has produced the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Toolkit for palliative care advocates to use when approaching national decision makers to address barriers to accessing pain relief medications.

You can download the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day posters to print out and display in your place of work and community. You can download the original version, or a version with space to add your organisation's logo, or a poster with space to add the details of your own World Hospice and Palliative Care Day event.

Remember to add your event to the global map.

You can also download a model letter to send to your Minister of Health, reminding them of their commitment to palliative care and access to controlled medicines for pain relief as part of the national healthcare system.

The WHPCA has partnered with the African Palliative Care Association and the True Colours Trust for the Thunderclap campaign: Pain doesn't have to happen.

Sign up to support this campaign and call on policy makers, the media, and health care providers to make pain relieving medications available and affordable to the people who really need it.

You can find out more about World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on the WHPCA website. 

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