Supporting the advance of palliative care in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
PERSPECTIVES ON PALLIATIVE CARE
STORIES FROM THE FIELD What Helen Taught Us Meet Helen, who talked about clean water in a way we'd never heard before.
Modern medicine continues to find new ways to treat illness, but for each of us a time will come when the path is uncertain or the end comes into sight. When that time arrives and someone is suffering – physically, psychologically or in another way – palliative care can provide care beyond cure. Like all good healthcare, palliative care depends on professionals having the knowledge and skills to understand and respond effectively to each individual's needs.
Four elements of palliative care
48 million people
each year in low and middle income countries need palliative care
Nearly 2.5 million children
die each year in need of palliative care and pain relief
It costs under $3 per capita to provide essential pain relief medicine and equipment in low and middle income countries
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