Discusses the need for global partnerships to provide palliative care in developing nations; issues for policy, drug availability, education, and implementation; and examples from the Open Society Foundations' initiative programs. Makes recommendations.
- Fifty-eight million people die annually -- 45 million in developing countries. Of these it is estimated that at least 60%, or 35 million, will have a prolonged advanced illness before dying and would benefit from palliative care.
- In the last decade, the worlds health care communities have come to see the severely ill and dying as "vulnerable populations" and palliative care as one of their basic needs. Many are now calling freedom from suffering and a decent death a human right.