2013; Volume 14, No 1, January


The Latin American Association for Palliative Care announces de Atlas of Palliative Care in Latin America

In a project which included the participation of several organizations and individuals, the Latin American Association for Palliative Care (ALCP) developed an Atlas of Palliative Care in Latin America.

The main objective of this Atlas was to evaluate the development of palliative care in Latin America. Secondary objectives were to facilitate access to information and communication among institutions and associations dedicated to palliative care in the region, identify key people in palliative care in each country and promote the development of palliative care in the region.

This project is the result of cooperation of ALCP with the following international and regional palliative care organizations: International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC), European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), Spanish Society for Palliative Care (SECPAL) and the University of Navarra (Spain). The project was supported with a grant from the Open Society Foundations.

This Atlas presents a global vision of the palliative care situation in 19 countries of Latin America whose official language is either Spanish or Portuguese and is based on surveys responded to by 58 palliative care and pain professionals. This is the first systematic study which contains information about Latin American countries and offers a view of current aspects of palliative care in the region.

Dr. Tania Pastrana, principal investigator of the project said: “To promote the development of palliative care in Latin America, it is necessary to know the current level of the discipline. With the information collected in the Atlas, it is now possible to design and develop plans and programs adapted to the needs and conditions in each country”.

Dr. Maria del Rosario Berenguel, president of the ALCP, commented: “We are very grateful for the collaboration and support of organizations and individuals who participated in this project, from its design to the final presentation format. Without their support, the Atlas would not have been possible.”

Dr. Liliana De Lima, director of the Project and member of the board of directors of ALCP, stated that the Atlas is “…a project which is alive and will be updated periodically and will help monitor the progress of palliative care in Latin America.”

You can access the Atlas, including a regional summary, the list of participants and country reports, through the ALCP website or by clicking in the direct link to the Atlas page here.

The ALCP will focus on the study and analysis of the information collected in the Atlas, including the impact that the Atlas may have in the development of palliative care at the country level. For additional information on this project and other programs of the ALCP, please visit our website here.

IASP developing countries project: initiative for improving pain education

Grant applications are available for the IASP developing countries project: initiative for improving pain education. These educational support grants address the need for essential and improved education about pain and its treatment in developing countries. Designed for members of all health-care disciplines, taking into account specific local needs. Multiple grants are available, each for up to US$10,000.

Who is Eligible?

The principal organizer must be based in a developing country (see the list of eligible countries and must have been a member of IASP for at least one year).

Applications must be received by February 15, 2013. Find complete award information, eligibility requirements and application instructions on the IASP website: (

International Association for the Study of Pain, 111 Queen Anne Ave N, Suite 501, Seattle, WA 98109-4955 USA
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