Published on: May 30, 2012

Reducing the burden of pain and suffering at 65th WHA (@RennieSloan)

Pallium India’s TIPS (Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences), now a WHO Collaborating  Center, was privileged to be one of the 11 co-sponsors of a side-event, ‘Reducing the burden of pain and suffering: developing palliative care in low and middle income countries’, at the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) at Geneva on 23 May 2012, the other co-sponsors including the Governments of Kenya and Uganda, World Medical Association, UICC, IAHPC, WPCA, Human Rights Watch and Open Society Foundation.

The event was very well-attended and highlighted the need for global action to reduce the disease-related burden of suffering in the world. Government of India was represented by Special Secretary of Health, Sri Keshav Desiraju. We are grateful for his support.

On the 26th of May, the World Health Assembly approved a resolution calling for a 25% reduction in premature mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 2025.

Photo credit: @RennieSloan

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