Dr. Katherine Pettus will be serving as the Advocacy Officer for Palliative Care and Human Rights and will be based in Geneva to further advance palliative care globally.

7 May 2014

IAHPC Sponsors WHA Side Event - Access to Opioid Medicines in Europe and the World: Findings of the ATOME Project for Eastern Europe and consequences for other countries and for palliative care

Co-sponsors: Latvia*, Hungary*, Panama, Romania**, World Health Organization**, European Association for Palliative Care**, Harm Reduction International**, Help the Hospices**, Human Rights Watch and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance.
* Countries where ATOME is working; ** Consortium Members of the ATOME Program


Access to opioid medicines is a major problem in most countries around the world. They are necessary for the treatment of moderate and severe pain, for treatment of opioid dependence and for the prevention of blood borne disease, such as HIV and hepatitis C. Although these medicines are considered essential medicines by WHO, these medicines are beyond reach for some 5.6 billion people due to over-emphasis on drug control. In palliative care, access to opioid medicines is the first major problem almost everywhere.

If you plan to be in Geneva during the WHA, come to this event and learn how the ATOME project and country leaders are working to improve access to pain treatment.

Date: 19 May 2014
Hour: 18:30 – 20:00
Address; Domaine des Penthes, chemin de l’Impératrice 18, 1292 Pregny-Chambésy,

How to get there:

Walking: From the Palais des Nations Main Gate (Gate Pregny) turn right (uphill) into the route de Pregny. Turn right into the first road (chemin de l’Impératrice). The Domaine des Penthes will be on the left hand side. Walking distance is 750 m.
Buses from bus stop “Appia”: Step off at second stop (“Penthes”) (8 buses per hour).
Limited parking space is also available.
Reception after the event.



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