Palliative Care

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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

Voices
The War on Drugs Is Holding Science Back

The Schedule 1 drug law classification used by the United Kingdom and the United States slows scientific knowledge and human progress in the name of a discredited approach to regulating drugs.

Voices
Ending Latin America’s Crisis of Avoidable Pain

Decades of failed drug policies have turned many patients in Latin America into collateral damage. States must do more to ensure people can get the palliative care they need.

Voices
Central Asia at History’s Crossroads  

Central Asia’s long history of foreign and domestic repression is well known. Less appreciated, but just as important, is the on-the-ground progress happening across the region every day by civil society activists.

Fact Sheet
Palliative Care and Human Rights for Older Persons

This fact sheet examines the growing need for older persons’ palliative care, and what steps governments should take to promote, protect, and ensure rights and access to care.

Explainer
The Link Between Drug Policy and Access to Medicines  

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

Voices
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.