The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance
I am Dr. Stephen Connor from the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance, a UK registered NGO with members across 100 countries. The WHPCA congratulates WHO on the programme budget. Despite the WHA palliative care resolution in 2014, we have been deeply concerned by the absence of transparent information on WHO’s, or indeed member states, palliative care budget. Analysis WHPCA did on the WHO budget web portal showed that there was no mention of palliative care at any level from category, programme, outcome, output or deliverable even though it is crucial for health systems, non-communicable diseases, communicable diseases and promoting health through the life course. Millions are being left behind. It is a great demonstration of your leadership that we will see this change with the new programme budget and impact framework including palliative care and medicines in outcomes and outputs. While palliative care is low cost and cost effective, it still needs resourcing. Lack of transparent data at the multi-lateral and national level on palliative care expenditure has brought challenges with accountability and been detrimental to those suffering due to life-threatening illness worldwide. We know that allocated funding to palliative care access is critical to Universal Health Coverage being achieved. The Lancet Commission on Palliative Care and Pain Relief estimated that it would cost just $3 per capita per year to make an essential package of palliative care available. We call on WHO to continue its significant progress on transparent reporting and show leadership by sharing its budget to make essential palliative care packages as part of UHC a reality. As civil society working on global health, it is in our interest to see a properly funded WHO meet the needs of people with serious health related suffering worldwide and we look forward to working with you to achieve this.