We need your help!
As you may be aware, the World Health Organization is currently consulting with member states on its concept note for its 13th General Programme of Work 2019-2023. Unfortunately, within the current draft concept note, palliative care has been omitted as part of the essential spectrum of health services under the Universal Health Coverage definition. We need to get member states (e.g. your governments) to respond to this consultation noting the omission and including our suggested language.
The WHO consultation is available to view online at http://www.who.int/about/gpw-thirteen-consultation/en/ and submissions must be made online by 13th October 2017.
What would we like you to do?
Send a letter to your government contact to request that they include our suggested language in their submissions to WHO to address the omission of palliative care.
WHPCA, in consultation with ICPCN, have drafted a letter which you can amend and adapt for your situation to send to your key contact in the Ministry of Health. Member states have until the 13th October to respond to the concept note. The priority language we are suggesting is included within the text of the letter and we suggest that you do not amend this language. This is the most crucial action.
If you want to submit your own response, you can do so here.
The deadline is 13th October. We recommend if you do so that you utilise the language international and regional palliative care organisations have drafted in their submission which you can find here.