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Palliative Care Reaches Only 1 In 10 Who Need It, Report Says

News outlets discuss the first-ever report assessing the state of palliative care worldwide.

The Guardian: Palliative care unavailable for majority of patients in developing countries
“Nine out of 10 people in need of palliative care to relieve the pain and symptoms of a life-threatening illness — the majority of whom live in poor countries — are not receiving it, according to a report published on Tuesday…” (Ford, 1/28).

Medscape: Report Finds Huge Unmet Need for Palliative Care Worldwide
“Globally, only one in 10 people who need palliative care get it, according to the first-ever Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the End of Life, published jointly today by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA)…” (Brooks, 1/28).

U.N. News Centre: New U.N. report identifies unmet need for palliative care worldwide
“…The ‘Global Atlas of palliative care at the end of life,’ published jointly by the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA), is the first tool to map the need for, and availability of, palliative care globally as well as to identify the barriers to this important element of patient and family care…” (1/28).

WHO: First ever global atlas identifies unmet need for palliative care
“…The Atlas calls on all countries to include palliative care as an essential component to every modern health-care system in their moves towards universal health coverage…” (1/28).