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Palliative Care

Palliative Care

Palliative care is a holistic health care approach that improves the quality of life for patients and their families by addressing the psychosocial, legal, and spiritual problems associated with life-threatening illness. The Open Society Foundations support efforts to make palliative care a sustainable, essential part of public health systems worldwide.

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A Global Victory for Palliative Care

The first-ever World Health Organization resolution on palliative care charts a path for proper care and treatment for patients across the world with life-threatening illness.

When Relieving Suffering Means Removing Legal Burdens  

Caring for patients at the end of life often means more than just pain relief. That's why the Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association began training health care providers to become paralegals.

Older People and the Right to Freedom from Suffering

They are the most rapidly growing segment of the population in the world. The rights of older people can no longer be ignored—including the right to palliative care.

When Storytelling Makes a Difference between Pain and Peace

A group in Ukraine is pushing for pain relief and other treatment by encouraging patients to stand up and tell their stories.

A Win for Palliative Care in Ukraine

After decades of restrictive policy, Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers finally lifted burdensome procedures for accessing pain relief.

Access to Palliative Care: A Neglected Component of the Right to Health

This June 2011 panel discussion explores human rights mechanisms that address the global lack of palliative care—which effectively manages pain and offers support for those who face life threatening illness.