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From the International Observatory on End of Life Care

“The International Observatory on End of Life Care has completed a review of palliative care donor organisations, funded by the Open Society Institute. A PDF version of the report can be found at the following web address:


The report identifies a total of 354 national and international organisation that provide funding for palliative care development in Africa; Central, and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/ CIS); Central, South and East Asia; the Middle East; and Latin America. Most donors were found in CEE/CIS (157, 44%), followed next by Africa (141, 40%), then CSE Asia (76, 21%), Latin America (22, 6%) and the Middle East (19, 5%). Only 48 (13%) donors were identified in the two countries of India and China (which together encompass around 38% of the world’s population). In China – with 20% of the global population – just 5 (1%) donors were found. Recommendations include a) the development of a global register of international hospice and palliative care donors and b) an awareness-raising campaign to focus attention on worldwide need and the disproportionate donor activity.

To help build a bigger picture, colleagues are invited to send any information they think will be helpful to the Revd. Dr Michael Wright at [email protected]

With best wishes,
Anthony Greenwood
Information Officer
International Observatory on End of Life Care
Institute for Health Research
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YG
Tel: +44 (0)1524 594976

Click here to view the International Observatory on End of Life Care Web Pages.”
Cancer Experiences Collaborative (CECo).

Click here to learn more about this exciting project, involving 5 UK Universities.

 Click here to view information regarding our End of Life Care Pathway as part of the MRes in Health Research (Distance Learning Programme), taught by the Institute for Health Research, Lancaster University.”


Nursing professional in Palliative Care Wins Florence Nightingale Award

Nursing professional in Palliative Care Wins Florence Nightingale Award

An Indian Palliative Care Nurse is honored with the National Florence Nightingale award. Rev. Sr Merlin, who has been working full time in palliative care in the WHO demonstration project at the Pain and Palliative Care Society, Calicut since 1994, has been honored with the National Florence Nightingale award for the year.  This is the highest national honor for the nursing profession in India.  She received the award from Ms Pratibha Patil, the President of India in New Delhi on the 11th of May 2008.
The Indian palliative care community sees this as a recognition of the palliative care profession and the importance of nurses in this field. Congratulations, Rev. Sr Merlin!

M.R.Rajagopal, MD


From the Pain and Policy Studies Group

“May 28, 2008

The Pain & Policy Studies Group is pleased to announce our new on-line course,

Increasing Patient Access to Pain Medicines around the World:
Improving National Policies that Govern Drug Distribution

This course is about the relationship between government policies that affect the medical availability of opioid analgesics and patients who experience moderate to severe pain. It is critically important for health care professionals, government drug regulators, and advocates involved in palliative care and pain relief to understand the government policies that control opioid analgesics and how they can block or ensure patient access to opioid analgesics.

It was designed to provide a synthesis of the critical background material and current methods that have been developed to improve national policies governing medical availability of essential pain medicines for cancer and HIV/AIDS patients. It is intended for an international audience of health care professionals, local and national policy makers, palliative care advocates, government drug regulatory personnel, national health policy advisors, and health policy scholars with an interest in pain management or palliative care.

The course is accessible at no cost and is self-paced so that it can be taken at any time that is convenient for the learner.  It has 7 lessons each with required readings. Upon successful completion of the course the learner will receive a certificate.

  • Lesson 1:  Understanding the Relationship between Pain and Drug Control Policy
  • Lesson 2:  The Role of International and National Law and Organizations
  • Lesson 3:  Barriers to Opioid Availability and Access
  • Lesson 4:  WHO Guidelines to Evaluate National Opioids Control Policy
  • Lesson 5:  WHO Guidelines to Evaluate National Administrative Systems for Estimating Opioid Requirements and Reporting Consumption Statistics
  • Lesson 6:  WHO Guidelines on Procurement and Distribution Systems for Opioid Analgesics
  • Lesson 7:  How to Make Change in your Country

The development of this course was supported by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa

Please find attached a PowerPoint slide with the course information for your use in presentations, if you wish.

For more information, and to access the course, please visit:


EAPC Young Investigator Award

The EAPC would like to honour an outstanding young person for his/her contributions in clinical practice, teaching and/or research in palliative care. The successful candidate will be asked to give a plenary lecture at the 11th Congress of the EAPC to be held in Vienna in May 2009.

The candidate should be at the beginning of their professional career in palliative care. They should hold an academic or clinical position in palliative care. The applicant should be a citizen of one of the countries of the EAPC Collective Member Associations and hold (or be about to complete) a postgraduate degree (e.g PhD, MD, Masters).
In making your nomination, please make sure that your candidate agrees to be nominated and to give a plenary lecture.

Please submit a full CV, including a list of publications with the application form (download) to Prof Dr. Friedemann Nauck, Chair of the Scientific Committee ([email protected]) and cc to Amelia Giordano at EAPC Head Office in Milan ([email protected]) no later than 5pm on Friday 4th July 2008.


World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Website Adds New Section: Share your story

There is a new section in the World Day website in which you can share your stories and experiences with hospice and palliative care.
Go to: http://www.worldday.org/index.asp


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