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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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Recent Work

Explainer
The Link Between Drug Policy and Access to Medicines  

How drug control laws keep millions of patients from getting the medicines they need.

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In Kenya, Overcoming Drug Fears to Expand Access to Palliative Care

The UN’s global drug policy debate is a crucial chance to ensure the need for palliative care demand is met in Kenya and beyond.

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A Push for Balanced Drug Policy Is Transforming Pain Relief in India  

Dr. M.R. Rajagopal, founder of Pallium India, is working state by state with health care professionals to make palliative care more pervasive.

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Children Around the World Aren’t Getting the Palliative Care They Need  

Myths, fears, and more keep children with life-limiting illness from the mind, body, and spiritual care they have a right to.

Fact Sheet
Children’s Palliative Care and Human Rights

This fact sheet examines the global need for children’s palliative care, the recognition of children’s palliative care under international human rights laws, and what steps governments should take to ensure access to care.

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Ukraine Applies Anti-Torture Standards to Health Care

Since deciding the Convention against Torture applies to health facilities, Ukraine has helped patients get the palliative care they need.