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Palliative care
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Palliative care

    Overview
    Palliative care is a crucial part of integrated, people-centred health services (IPCHS). Nothing is more people-centred than relieving their suffering, be it physical, psychological, social, or spiritual. Thus, whether the cause of suffering is cancer or major organ failure, drug-resistant tuberculosis or severe burns, end-stage chronic illness or acute trauma, extreme birth prematurity or extreme frailty of old age, palliative care may be needed and integrated at all levels of care.

    The 2030 Agenda slogan ‘Leave no-one behind’ means that governments trying to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3 must develop palliative care policies to cover the 40 million persons (a total that includes at least 20 million carers) who require palliative care support globally. Currently, fewer than 10% of patient who need palliative care in low and middle-income countries receive it.

     

    78%

    of people

    in need of palliative care live in low- and middle-income countries

    40 million

    people

    are in need of palliative care each year

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    Integrating palliative care and symptom relief into primary health care

    66顺彩票appThe World Health Assembly has resolved that palliative care is “an ethical responsibility of health systems” and that integration of palliative...

    Integrating palliative care and symptom relief into paediatrics

    People younger than 20 years comprise 35% of the global population and 40% of the global population of least-developed nations. The number of children...

    Integrating palliative care and symptom relief into the response to humanitarian emergencies and crises

    The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reports that, in 2015, nearly 125 million people needed humanitarian assistance...

    Preventing disease through a healthier and safer workplace

    This comprehensive global assessment provides insights on the health impacts that could be avoided through healthier and safer workplaces. It is estimated...

    Occupational safety and health in public health emergencies

    In its Emergency Response Framework, the World Health Organization (WHO) has defined an emergency as a situation that has an impact on the lives and well-being...

    International minimum requirements for health protection at the workplace

    WHO has already developed several public health standards and guidelines applicable to work settings, such as indoor air quality guidelines, radiation...

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