Palliative Care addresses health related suffering and is an essential primary health care service. IAHPC provides educational resources to our members to help them support their patients who are suffering. They also need to educate their policymakers and the public about palliative care. Advocacy is strongest when it includes the voices of those who deliver and those who receive palliative care. Few such resources exist to support palliative care advocacy or clinical care.
More than 70% of people in the world who need palliative care cannot access it. Faith based & charitable organizations on shoestring budgets are the main providers. Advocacy at all levels is essential to raise consciousness of benefits for patients and health systems. IAHPC is filling the current knowledge abyss in a public policy & clinical care that limits service delivery at all levels of healthcare systems. Join our global movement today!
The IAHPC implements and conducts symptom management and advocacy courses. Effective clinical interventions to relieve suffering and advocacy initiatives activates a loop that includes health professionals and policy makers. Some of the topics covered in the courses are how to manage pain and other symptoms, the institutional landscape, essential medicines, developing a needs assessment & policy brief, palliative care integration, and advocacy for palliative care education.
The courses provide education to over 900 IAHPC members in 106 countries. Training on basic clinical care to manage symptoms to relieve most of the suffering has the potential to reduce serious health related suffering for thousands of patients around the world.