Implementing World Health Assembly Resolution on Palliative Care

The topic of this year’s World Hospice and Palliative care Day was “Leave no one behind: Equity in access to palliative care”. This is an urgent and important message as the provision of palliative care in most countries lags far behind the need for these essential services. Each year, it is estimated over 56.8 million people, including 25.7 million in the last year of life, are in need of palliative care, of whom 78% live in low- and middle-income countries. However, it is estimated that only about 12% of people needing palliative care receive this care.

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