Palliative Care

Why palliative care is important?

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

WHO SEARO Nursila Dewi

Palliative care as human right

Access to pain and symptom control is part of the fundamental right to health.


Palliative care: the challenges for health system

Health systems need to provide access to palliative care at primary and secondary levels and thus need to ensure that professionals receive appropriate training in this area.

WHO EURO Gilles Reboux

Integration of palliative care programs into the health systems

Palliative care programmes need to be adapted to the specific health system and cultural context in each country. Different models can be envisaged depending on the specific settings.

WHO PAHO Carlos Gaggero

Key WHO resources


4e Congrès International Francophone de Soins Palliatifs. 16 au 18 Novembre 2017 à Genève, Suisse

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