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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

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.

A Human Rights Treaty Finally Recognizes the Right to Palliative Care

Latin American signatories to a groundbreaking resolution vow to provide pain medication, psychological services, and other support to dying patients.

The Open Society Foundations Remember “Bo” Burt

As a board member for the Project on Death in America, Burt worked tirelessly to transform the culture of dying in the United States.

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.