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COVID-19: projecting compassion through the barrier of PPE

Rachel Coghlan, member of APLI exec, writes in the MJA about her personal experience of COVID-19 testing, and the need for health professionals to remain person-centred, in the midst of this pandemic

Sphere and partners COVID19 guidance based on humanitarian standards 

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Dr Brett Sutton writes on compassionate medical care in his article on Emergency Buddhism: Part II published earlier on the APLI website

Dr. Brett Sutton explores the connection between Buddhism and Emergency Medicine.

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E-resources database for useful references



An e-resource developed by PallCOVID19 group in Kerala to provide symptom control and psychosocial guidelines for health professionals working within the COVID-19 pandemic.

These resources may be shared.

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Training in global palliative care

Rhee and colleagues, including Kathleen Foley, Sean Morrison, Carlos Centeno and Eric Krakauer, call for High Income Countries to incorporate training in global palliative care into their specialist training programs. This is one response to the Knaul et al papter published in Lancet in 2018 ‘Alleviating the access abyss in palliative care and pain relief-an imperative of global health coverage:the Lancet Commission report. [Lancet (2018) 391;10128:1391-1454].

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For additional information on advocacy please read the following publications:

Letter to Helen Clark and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, WHO Co-Chairs of the Independent Panel for  Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR) to evaluate the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

‘Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030, Civil Society’ via Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030 (CSEM) Members 


Dear civil society colleagues,

 We have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in an interactive civil society dialogue with WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on the theme

“Integration of Palliative Care into National COVID Response Plans per WHA73/1”, 

to take place on November 25, 2020 at 3:00-4:30 Central European Time (GMT + 01:00).

This invitation is open to all members of civil society organizations (CSOs).

Organized by the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, the Worldwide Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance, and the International Federation on Ageing, this dialogue is part of the series of CSO – WHO DG dialogues selected by CSOs to be organized on different topics of interest for the civil society related to COVID-19 response.

 This dialogue on palliative care is designed to enable meaningful engagement of WHO with global, national, and local CSOs. The objectives are to provide opportunities for open discussion, to identify priorities and areas of work to advance the implementation and uptake of several WHO resolutions relevant to palliative care.

Representatives of international, regional, and national palliative care organizations will address the inequity gap of access to treatment and care, and propose policies and strategies to achieve palliative care integration into primary healthcare under universal health coverage.

 Please find the link to register to the dialogue “Integration of Palliative Care into National COVID Response Plans per WHA73/1” on Wednesday 25 November 3:00-4:30 Central European Time (GMT + 01:00) below.  

 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the dialogue. You may wish to download the Zoom application. Once you have connected, you can choose your language English/ French/Spanish. 

Kind regards,

Gaudenz Silberschmidt

Director, Health and Multilateral Partnerships

Life Before Death

Moonshine Movies have produced a feature film called Life Before Death along with a series of YouTube videos to draw attention to the international crisis of poor pain relief and lack of palliative care.

This film was internationally launched on World Cancer Day, February 2012 with many viewings held across Australia around that time. A special viewing was held in Canberra hosted by Palliative Care Australia and attended by members of parliament in departments of health and foreign affairs.

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WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION 2011. Ensuring balance in national policies on controlled substances: Guidance for availability and accessibility of controlled medicines, Geneva, WHO Press, World Health Organization.

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