Seventy-five percent of the world population does not have adequate access to controlled medications for pain relief. As a result, millions of people suffer from pain which is avoidable and could be managed with proper access to the correct medications.

8 Oct 2016

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and its affiliate Global Partners in Care join organizations and individuals worldwide on Saturday, October 8 for a day of global outreach and awareness. This year the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day theme is “Living and dying in pain: It doesn’t have to happen.”

World Hospice Day

The World Day campaign will examine three major barriers for access to pain relief, and provide case studies, advocacy resources, and examples of good practice to help address these:

  1. Restrictive regulations
  2. Poor education
  3. Economic barriers

“We are all part of a global community that is united by our shared humanity. Compassion and dignity and the need to live fully, even at the end of life, are valued the world over,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of NHPCO.

“One key message we’re helping people understand is that pain management without significant risk of dependence is possible through education of healthcare workers and patients,” added Schumacher.

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