- Palliative care improves the quality of life of patients and their families who are facing problems
associated with life-threatening illness, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual.
- Each year, an estimated 40 million people are in need of palliative care, 78% of them people live in
low- and middle-income countries.
- Worldwide, only about 14% of people who need palliative care currently receive it.
- Overly restrictive regulations for morphine and other essential controlled palliative medicines deny
access to adequate pain relief and palliative care.
- Lack of training and awareness of palliative care among health professionals is a major barrier to
- The global need for palliative care will continue to grow as a result of the rising burden of
noncommunicable diseases and ageing populations.
- Early palliative care reduces unnecessary hospital admissions and the use of health services.