World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

8 October 2011 -- Global

Worldwide millions of people suffer from cancer and other chronic life limiting conditions WHO promotes pain relief and palliative care for these patients and their families as an urgent humanitarian need.

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is facilitated by the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance and is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world. The theme for World Day 2011 is "Many diseases, many lives, many voices - palliative care for non-communicable conditions". It focuses on how people living with conditions which are not infectious can benefit from palliative care.

Noncommunicable diseases, principally cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, account for 36 million or 63% of global deaths. Nearly 80% of these deaths occur in low- and middle- income countries. Palliative care could benefit many of these people and yet it is often not available.

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