Published in Lancet Oncology, this commentary outlines the opportunity to increase the visibility of palliative care in the global health dialogue and increase donor investment in palliative care in order to improve the quality of life for patients and families in low and middle income countries.
In analyzing how to best respond responsibly to suffering and pain management among the poor, this article poses an important question -- in settings of extreme poverty where patients have limited access to care for treatment services for diseases such as cancer, should the response ever be just palliative?
Released by Human Rights Watch in October 2009, this report investigates the palliative care and pain relief gap for cancer and HIV/AIDS patients in India. At the national level, the authors suggest that governments like India address these inequalities through establishing national palliative care programs, investing in medical training specifically on palliative care and pain management, and enacting rational drug policies that ensure the availability and accessibility of essential medicines.
Closing the Cancer Divide is a report and manual prepared by the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control (GTF.CCC), designed to raise awareness around the impact of cancer in low and middle-income countries and provide strategies and case studies for treatment delivery, access to medicines, and palliative care.