Message from the Chair and Executive Director

2019; Volume 20, No 12, December

Message from the Chair and Executive Director

Dear Readers:

Welcome to our last issue of the 2019 Newsletter.

As the year ends, we look back with pride on all that we achieved through our programs and projects, and of the support we were able to give to providers, policy makers, and stakeholders in the accomplishment of our mission. In this issue, we take the opportunity to recall highlights and examples of activities, initiatives, statements, and resources that we implemented in 2019 to relieve serious health-related suffering and improve the quality of life of patients and families around the world.

We could not have been able to achieve this and much more without the generous support of our board of directors, our members, donors, foundations, and organizations. We are especially grateful to the Open Society Foundations, Pettus Foundation, and the U.S. Cancer Pain Relief Committee for their support.

All our donors and supporters believe in IAHPC’s mission and in our goal to have an impact on the promotion and development of palliative care. Our ability to continue to help others depends heavily on the support we receive from all, so please consider donating to IAHPC.

We face many challenges, especially regarding our long-term sustainability. Aware of the financial constraints, we have prepared to meet these challenges. Our strong commitment to supporting the development of palliative care around the world will continue to be our driving force. We wish to thank all those who make our work worthwhile — patients and their families, health care workers, members, donors, and the dedicated volunteers who give so much to palliative care.

We are also extremely grateful to both our small staff, who work tirelessly to ensure that IAHPC achieves its mission and delivers its promises, and to our Board of Directors for their guidance and wisdom in helping us achieve results.

Best wishes to all of you, your friends, and family members for the coming holidays.
We hope that next year will bring happiness and success to all!

Lukas Radbruch, MD
Chair, Board of Directors

Liliana De Lima, MHA
Executive Director


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2. Knaul FM, Farmer PE, Krakauer EL, et al. Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief background document: Technical Note and Data Appendix for Report. 2017. Miami: University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas.

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