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J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Feb;55(2S):S112-S116. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2017.03.020. Epub 2017 Aug 8.

The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance.

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1
Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance, Fairfax, Virginia, USA. Electronic address: sconnor@thewhpca.org.
2
Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance, Cape Town, South Africa.

Abstract

The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) is an international non-governmental organization registered as a charity in England and Wales that was established in 2008 following a series of international gatherings that highlighted the important need for palliative care to be included in global policy and health planning. The vision of the WHPCA is a world with universal access to hospice and palliative care. Its mission is to foster, promote and influence the delivery of affordable, quality palliative care. This article describes the evolution of the WHPCA and what it has been able to accomplish in the eight years since its formation. These accomplishments include effective advocacy with United Nations bodies, acceptance as a non-governmental organization in official relations with the World Health Organization and the UN Economic and Social Council, publication of many position papers on critical aspects of palliative care, publication of the Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the End of Life, development of toolkits for palliative care development, publication of the international edition of ehospice, and management of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day each year. Some of the many challenges to the growth and development of palliative care globally are described along with future plans.

KEYWORDS:

Global Atlas; Palliative; WHA resolution; ehospice; hospice

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