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Urgent Legal Changes Are Next Step to Get Treatment to Those in Need

About 8,000 people die from cancer in Armenia every year, many spending their last days in excruciating pain.
 But Armenia is taking an important step towards ending their suffering, and the government recently adopted a national strategy to…
Gurgen G.
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Several years ago I started researching the nearly insurmountable barriers people with advanced cancer face in accessing opioid painkillers in Armenia. I interviewed many people who were dying — in horrible pain. These were devastating interviews, seared…
Gurgen G., who had a brain tumor, and his mother. Gurgen participated in a palliative care pilot project, which improved the quality of his remaining life. He died in August 2012, free from pain.
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In April, the United Nations General Assembly will review the international response to drugs for the first time in 18 years. An issue that has been neglected for decades – ensuring access to controlled substances for medical treatment, such as pain…
A shipment of oral morphine pills arrived at Dakar's Dantec Hospital in July 2013, after a shortage.
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As people live longer, healthcare systems face an important challenge: caring for more and more people who suffer from pain, shortness of breath, nausea, anxiety, and depression because of advanced chronic illnesses. If not treated adequately, these…
Ending Needless Suffering in Francophone Africa
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Prompted by a seemingly endless string of stories about suicides by people suffering from cancer pain, the Russian government has finally been pressured into acting - by barring the media from reporting on the issue. The story begins with a February 20…
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A new United Nations report estimates that about 5.5 billion people – a staggering 75 percent of the world’s population – have limited or no access to proper pain relief treatment. Pain is a very common symptom in people with illnesses like cancer and HIV…
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It’s rare that a high-level Russian official takes a public stand for justice vis-a-vis the law enforcement establishment. But Russia’s health minister did just that.
 
 The minister, Veronika Skvorstova, publicly endorsed the acquittal of a…
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No one should die like Bineta Ndeye.
 
 I was shocked back into remembrance of this brave, little girl as I previewed a new documentary on the needless suffering of children in pain in Senegal. The documentary was shot by Unreported World, a…