Global Leaders in the Advancement and Development of Palliative Care (GLAD) Program

Global Leaders in the Advancement and Development of Palliative Care Program

The Global Leaders in the Advancement and Development of Palliative Care (GLAD) Program is designed to support palliative care workers from any discipline, who have demonstrated leadership capabilities, and who wish to advance palliative care in their own countries in line with United Nations (UN) Organizations resolutions and commitments and builds on the Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) to increase global palliative care capacity. The program was designed by a working group of IAHPC board members, including Dingle Spence, Gulnara Kunirova, Harmala Gupta and Mary Callaway; Officers Liliana De Lima, Katherine Pettus and Genevieve Napier; and external advisers Frank Ferris and Shannon Moore.

The GLAD program aligns with the Advocacy thematic areas of work identified in the IAHPC 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. This calls for the integration of palliative care into primary health care, within the spectrum of universal health coverage, and for improved access to essential palliative care medications. The program falls under the Strategic Objective 1.2: “To develop a global cadre of IAHPC members to advocate for improved access to essential palliative care medicines at national, regional and global levels.”

Applicants will be required to complete an online application and present a project proposal focusing on the implementation in their country of the provisions in one or more of the following Conventions/Resolutions:

  1. Organization of American States: Inter-American Convention on Protecting the Human Rights of Older Persons (A-70) (2015). Washington, DC (for applicants residing in Latin American and the Caribbean).
  2. UN. Political Declaration on Universal Health Coverage, 2019. NY.
  3. UN. Chapter Two of the Outcome Document of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem.
  4. UN. CND resolution EC/CN.7/2020/L4/Rev. 1 Promoting awareness-raising, education and training as part of a comprehensive approach to ensuring access to and the availability of controlled substances for medical and scientific purposes and improving their rational use
  5. World Health Organization: Astana Declaration on Primary Health Care, 2018.
  6. World Health Assembly. Strengthening of PC as a component of comprehensive care throughout the life course, Resolution 67/19. Geneva, 2014.
  7. Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  8. World Health Assembly Covid-19 Response Resolution. Resolution 73/1. Geneva, 2020.

Project proposals may relate to

Selected applicants will be provided US $3,000 stipend for the first year with another amount (not exceeding US $3,000) to be determined for the second year, for travel to a UN organization meeting as part of the IAHPC delegation, depending on pandemic related travel restrictions. Selected leaders will be required to develop, implement, and report on project progress during the two-year term

Candidates wishing to apply for the GLAD program must meet the following criteria

Preference will be given to candidates

Note: Selected candidates must retain their IAHPC membership throughout the period of the project.


Read the GLAD Program description

To receive additional information on the GLAD program, obtain the link to the GLAD program application and a listing of the required materials, please contact Genevieve Napier, IAHPC Programs Officer.