Vlad is allowed only 50 mg of pain medicine per day. In another country, doctors would typically prescribe more than 2,000 mg for a patient like Vlad.
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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.
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.
This fact sheet by the Open Society Public Health Program discusses palliative care as a basic human right. The fact sheet offers recommendations for governments to promote, protect, and ensure access to palliative care.
In a groundbreaking report, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture finds that torture and ill-treatment can take place in a range of health care settings.
Patients in Ukraine have long suffered from severe restrictions on pain medications. But a new Ukrainian policy promises some measure of relief, and a significant first step toward adequate care.
Access to palliative care is a fundamental human rights question that many countries are failing to address. Millions of people are needlessly living and dying in excruciating untreated pain.