This fact sheet discusses the recognition of palliative care under international human rights laws, and offers recommendations for governments to promote, protect, and ensure access to palliative care.
- Of the 58 million people who die each year, the World Health Organization estimates that 60% would benefit from palliative care.
- Severe pain can be managed with inexpensive oral morphine, in a tablet or powder form, which is declared an essential medicine by the World Health Organization. It is not protected by patent and can be produced for as little as US$0.01per milligram.
- Low and middle income countries account for only 6% of morphine use worldwide, but have about half of all cancer patients, and 95% of all new HIV infections.