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International experts discuss global palliative care challenges and expectations

The event, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), is promoted by the Global Observatory of Palliative Care ATLANTES of Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) and the Ramón Areces Foundation.

/Top row: Julie Ling, Nasim Pourghazianm, Emmanuel Luyirika; bottom row: Eduardo Bruera, Katherine Pettus and Matías Najún.

15 | 06 | 2022

International experts will discuss the challenges and expectations of global palliative care at a symposium to be held at the Ramón Areces Foundation. The event, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), is promoted by the Foundation and the Global Palliative Care Observatory ATLANTES of the University of Navarra (ICS), which has been designated as the new Center for Global Palliative Care. Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) of the University of Navarra, which has been designated as the new WHO Center partner for the assessment of the development Global Palliative Care.

The panellists will be Julie Ling, Executive Director of association European Palliative Care and Palliative Care Consultant at WHO (European Region); Nasim Pourghazian, from department prevention and management of non-communicable diseases at WHO (Eastern Mediterranean Region); Emmanuel Luyirika, director executive association African Palliative Care ; Katherine Pettus, Director of Advocacy and Partnerships, association International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Centers (IAHPC); Eduardo Bruera, director of department Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center (USA). D. Anderson Cancer Center (USA); and Matías Najún, head of the Comprehensive (Palliative) Care Service at Austral University Hospital and co-founder and current president of Hospice Buen Samaritano (Argentina).

Currently, some 7 million people worldwide receive palliative care each year through 25,000 care services. However, according to data published in the Lancet and in the Global Atlas of Palliative Care, it is estimated that some 60 million people need palliative care. In Spain, some 230,000 patients require palliative care, although it is estimated that only around 30% of them receive it. Furthermore, Spain has 0.6 services per 100,000 inhabitants.

The line of research of Palliative Medicine of the University of Navarra is one of the main axes of its Strategy 2025. It promotes a social impact-oriented research and a scientific production focused, in this case, on the search for personalized solutions for the health care of patients with diseases that involve severe pain.