Defining primary palliative care for universal health coverage

Daniel Munday, Kirsty Boyd, Jenifer Jeba, Kellen Kimani, Sebastien Moine, Liz Grant, Scott Murray

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Much has been achieved in advancing palliative care on the global health agenda, but there is more to do. The 2014 World Health Assembly (WHA) committed countries to integrating palliative care into their health systems and WHO was tasked with monitoring progress.
By 2017, WHO had updated the definition of universal health coverage (UHC)—Sustainable Development Goal 3.8—to include palliation along with promotion, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.
A Lancet Commission in 2017 highlighted the global need to take action when 61 million people are living with serious health-related suffering due to uncontrolled pain and without access to an affordable essential package for palliative care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-622
Number of pages2
JournalThe Lancet
Issue number10199
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2019


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