How does palliative care fit into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?

Global Palliative Care

The Problem — the absence of palliative care delivery in the context of population ageing and NCDs

Rapidly ageing populations as people everywhere live longer mean increasing numbers of frail elderly needing care. Likewise, the increase of chronic and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), in addition to the persistence of communicable diseases such as as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, drive the need for publicly provided palliative care.[1] Between 2015 and 2050, the population of persons aged 60 years or older is projected to more than double, while those aged 80 years or older is projected to triple.[2] Between 2015 and 2030, the fastest population growth is expected in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa. In 2015, NCDs accounted for 60% of the global disease burden (in disability-adjusted life-years), compared with 43% in 1990.

More than 70% of deaths in 2015 were attributable to NCDs, and more than 75% of these…

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I am a political theorist, oblate in the Order of St.Benedict, and advocate for universal rational access to essential controlled medicines for pain and palliative care in the lower and middle income countries. I work a lot in Vienna at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, and in Geneva at the World Health Organisation, and the Human Rights Council representing the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care.

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