Mission: Millions of patients around the world are diagnosed with life threatening conditions or advanced stages of diseases such as cancer. The vast majority of them do not have access to care, including pain relief. The mission of IAHPC is to collaborate and work to improve the quality of life of patients with advanced life-threatening conditions and their families, by advancing hospice and palliative care programs, education, research, and favorable policies around the world.We achieve this by:*Facilitating and providing palliative care education and training opportunities for care providers *Acting as an information resource for professionals, health care providers and policy makers *Developing collaborative strategies for hospice and palliative care providers, organizations, institutions and individuals
Results: Through our website we provide a lot of support and information to help those who are starting to develop hospices and palliative care programs, enabling them with the tools and information they need.
Target demographics: advance hospice and palliative care for patients and their families
Direct beneficiaries per year: hundreds of hospice and palliative care workers around the world: 48 workers from 19 countries received scholarships to attend seminars and training sessions; other 60 participated in workshops in Managua on pain treatment, over 80 participated in workshops to develop palliative care curricula for undergraduate medical students in Colombia, provided support and guidance to countries in Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe, and much more!
Geographic areas served: Throughout the world
Programs: scholarships to hospice and palliative care workers, workshops with physicians and government representatives to improve access to treatment and care, developing awareness campaigns to improve policies and programs so that patients with life limiting illnesses receive the care they need.
For many years I've been following the dedication and restless work of the small group of people leading and supporting this association.
Because of the lack of consciousness of what palliative care really is, the mission of this association is extremely difficult. There is a huge amount of money and resources invested searching for a cure for life-threatening diseases, but every year millions of people face the disheartening reality of only some weeks of months of life left.
Providing these people a minimal quality of life and some relief for the physical and psychological pain, makes all the difference for them and for their families.
Unfortunately, the attention paid and the resources invested in this area, specially in undeveloped countries, are almost nonexistent.
This is what IAHPC is trying to change.
I have been able to see first hand the benefits of this organization and their hard work in the promotion and development of palliative care around the world. I receive their monthly newsletter and every month I am able to read and learn about new developments, the programs and individuals they support, how they help improve care to patients and their families.