• Tens of thousands of patients in Senegal suffer from excruciating pain every year without relief, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Unnecessarily restrictive government regulations and poor training for healthcare workers impede their effective medical treatment.

Reports

Palliative Care

  • Sep 16, 2014
    Dr. M. R. Rajagopal is a leading palliative care physician from India who, for more than 20 years, has battled conditions that cause patients to suffer severe pain unnecessarily.
  • May 30, 2014
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  • Feb 21, 2014
    Millions of Indians suffering chronic pain will get better access to pain medicines following changes in India’s drug law, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Jan 24, 2014
    (Geneva) –The Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) on January 23, 2014, adopted a groundbreaking resolution urging countries to ensure access to pain medicines and palliative care for people with life-threatening illnesses.
  • Nov 11, 2013
    Russian authorities should immediately withdraw drug trafficking and forgery charges against a doctor and a woman who helped a dying cancer patient in excruciating pain obtain pain medication. Authorities should also petition the local court to void a ruling barring the defendants’ lead lawyer from representing them.
  • Oct 24, 2013
    (Dakar) – Tens of thousands of patients in Senegal suffer from excruciating pain every year without relief, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Unnecessarily restrictive government regulations and poor training for healthcare workers impede their effective medical treatment.
  • Oct 24, 2013
    When Abdoulaye’s mother left his hospital bedside to pick up medicine from the pharmacy, I helped fan him. Temperatures in Senegal reach the 90s in November, and the air in the ward for children with advanced cancer hung hot and still. Flies buzzed, landing on the faces of patients who were too tired to swat them away.
  • Jun 28, 2013
    Human Rights Watch writes to the prosecutor general of Russia to express its concerns about the May 20, 2013 conviction of Aleftina Khorinyak and Lidia Tabarintseva on charges of illegal trafficking of potent substances (article 234 part 3of the Russian Criminal Code) and forgery of documents (article 327 part 2) for helping a terminally ill man, Mr. Viktor Sechin, who was in constant severe pain, obtain opioid pain medicines.
  • May 16, 2013
    With the prevalence of chronic diseases rapidly increasing in Africa, expanding palliative care will be essential to help patients live with dignity.