• 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.


Palliative Care

  • Nov 14, 2014
  • Oct 28, 2014
    Mexico, like much of the developing world, is facing a growing public health challenge – more people will be dying from chronic illnesses like cancer, heart disease and diabetes that often cause extreme pain. In 2009, Mexico passed a progressive law granting patients given less than six months to live access to palliative care, which focuses on treating pain and other symptoms. Palliative care is relatively low costAnchor – medicines such as morphine costs pennies per dose, although training staff can be more costly – and it can allow people to re-engage with life and pass away with dignity. Despite this law, little changed for Mexico’s terminally ill – at least at first. Associate Health Director Diederik Lohman talks about how Mexico came to embrace the necessity of pain relief, his work on palliative care around the world, and how it can give the terminally ill an opportunity for joy and meaning at the end of life.
  • Oct 27, 2014
    After a three-year legal battle to clear her name, the Oktyabrski District Court of Krasnoyarsk, a Siberian city 4,000 kilometers east of Moscow, on October 21 dropped charges of illegal drug trafficking and document forgery against Dr. Khorinyak, and a friend of the bed-ridden patient who took the medicine to him.
  • Oct 24, 2014
    (Mexico City) – Tens of thousands of patients with terminal illnesses in Mexico suffer unnecessarily from severe pain and other symptoms because they cannot access adequate end-of-life care, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
  • Sep 15, 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
  • Apr 6, 2014
  • 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.