An estimated 61 million people around the world live and die with serious health related suffering each year. Access to palliative care can relieve most of that suffering. The IAHPC provides educational resources to palliative care professionals, workers and informal caregivers, through workshops, curricula development, access to peer-reviewed journals, and much more. These opportunities result in better patient care and reduce the suffering of millions of patients and their families.
According to The Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief, access to adequate care throughout the world represents a vast global health inequity. In addition to the 25.5 million people who die with serious health related suffering, an additional 35.5 million lack access to analgesics for severe pain and symptoms. More than 80% of these people live in low- and middle-income countries. Access to adequate palliative care would reduce suffering throughout the world.
Among other resources, the IAHPC provides access to online colloquiums, COVID-19 webinars & briefing notes, has published more than 500 book reviews, and has granted more than 600 scholarships that enable professionals to participate in educational programs. These educational opportunities provide critical information and awareness for palliative care organizations and for direct patient care by exposing practitioners to a wide range of evidence based clinical and policy knowledge.
The IAHPC has a global membership and audience: 26% of members are located in Asia, 15.3% in Africa, 23.9% in North America, 12.5% in South America. The remainder are located in Europe, Central America, Caribbean and Oceania. The IAHPC educational opportunities improve knowledge and skills that result in better patient care and in improvements in health care policies in their countries.