This 128-page report details the failure of many governments to take even basic steps to ensure that people with severe pain due to cancer, HIV, and other serious illnesses have access to palliative care, a health service that seeks to improve quality of life. As a result, millions of patients live and die in great agony that could easily be prevented.
WHO (2009) estimates that tens of millions of people each year suffer untreated moderate to severe pain, including 5.5 million terminal cancer patients and 1 million patients in the last phases of HIV/AIDS.
The president of the INCB has stated that access to morphine and other strong pain medicines is "virtually non-existent in over 150 countries."
Barriers to care can be divided into three areas: lack of health policies in support of palliative care development; lack of relevant training for healthcare workers; and poor availability of essential palliative care drugs.
With regard to the availability of pain medications, there are a number of different common barriers, including the failure of states to put in place functioning drug supply systems, existence of unnecessarily restrictive drug control regulations and practices, fear among healthcare workers of legal sanctions for legitimate prescribing of opioid medications, and the unnecessarily high cost of pain medications.
In most low and middle-income countries, an assessment of barriers to access to morphine and the development of a plan of action must be the first step in a comprehensive effort to address those barriers. To be successful, reforms must address both supply and demand for morphine simultaneously.
This web page is marked up with Schema.org microdata. Much of the necessary microdata is embedded within the HTML that creates the display you see above. The data that shows below is formatted for machine-reading and rounds out the complete descriptive set for this resource. Want more info about all of this? Go here. You can also view the complete dataset for this resource the way a machine sees it here .
Title: Global State of Pain Treatment: Access to Medicines and Palliative Care
Publication date 2011-05-26
Publication Year 2011
Human Rights Watch
, pain treatment
Resource provided by IssueLab
IssueLab's Embeddable Widget
Use this super simple form to customize and generate the code you need to display this content in your own environment - no programming required. The feed will inherit more specific styles, like font face and font color, from your website.
Your widget code
Add to the Collection
Please use the form below to provide us with your recommendation, and we'll check it out. Include your name and email address along with your suggestion just in case we need to get in touch. Thank you for contacting us.