Message from the Chair and Executive Director

2018; Volume 19, No 8, August

Message from the Chair and Executive Director

Dear Readers,

This month we are taking most of the time off for vacation, so our message is brief.

Earlier this month, Dr. Katherine Pettus, IAHPC Advocacy Officer on Palliative Care, participated in several events, including a meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing in the United Nations offices in New York and another at the Organization of American States in Washington, DC.

During the UN meeting, IAHPC co-sponsored, along with other civil society organizations, a side event on the rights of older persons titled, ‘Palliative Care for Older Persons: A Global View.’ We are very grateful to our panelists, all experts in their fields, who presented on topics ranging from international policy to access to medications.

Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, representing the UN Independent Expert Rights of Older Persons, presented ‘The global framework: Rights of Older Persons to Palliative Care.’

Erika Montero, representing the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, presented ‘The Inter-American Convention on Protecting the Rights of Older Persons.’ Dr. Kseniya Shapoval-Deinega, representing the International Renaissance Foundation, presented the ‘Report of the UN Human Rights Ombudsman on Palliative Care for Older Persons in Ukraine.’ Giovanna Abiatti, from the Maruzza Foundation in Italy, presented ‘Religions of the World Charter on Palliative Care for Older Persons.’ Dr. Ebtesam Ahmed from St. John’s University in New York, presented Lack of Access to Palliative Care Medicines for Older Persons in Guatemala.’

We are very grateful to Katherine Pettus for her hard work in securing this excellent group of panelists for our side event. In her column in this edition, Katherine has more information about the side event and the presentations in New York and Washington.

This month, IAHPC is participating in the 14th Global Conference on Ageing, sponsored by the International Federation on Ageing, taking place in Toronto, Canada. Katherine will be giving several presentations during the conference and Ms. Genevieve Napier, IAHPC Operations Officer, will be tending the IAHPC booth. If you are attending the conference, please stop by and join as a member!

Until next month,

Lukas Radbruch, MD
Chair, Board of Directors

Liliana De Lima, MHA
Executive Director

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