International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC)

ECOSOC Status: None
Type: NGO working on Drugs
Address: 5535 Memorial Drive, Suite F-PMB 509 Houston,
TX, 77007
Country: United States of America
Region: Northern America
UN Languages: English
Other languages:
  • Education
  • Prevention
  • Rehabilitation
  • Training
  • Drug Treatment

  • Other:'Health'
Short description:
The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) is a non-profit organization with no political or religious affiliation. Its mission 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, access to medications, education, research and favourable policies around the world. The organization focuses its activities on 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; and developing collaborative strategies for hospice and palliative care providers, organizations, institutions and individuals.
The organization has individuals with the expertise and experience in the field of access to medicines, especially opioids for legitimate medical use. IAHPC has had previous experience providing guidance and advice to individuals and governments on how to eliminate unnecessary barriers that interfere with adequate and needed access for patients.
One of the core components of the mission of IAHPC is to help improve policies that will lead to better patient care, including access to medications and particularly to opioids for legitimate medical use. The organization has worked for more than 10 years in this effort, collaborating with UN organizations such as the WHO, INCB and WHO Collaborating Centers as well as governments, institutions and individuals at the country level. Some of the projects include:

At the International/Global Level:
a)Development of a List of Essential Medicines for Palliative Care based on the consensus of experts and representatives from around the world in 2005 (Including a meeting in Salzburg, Austria, partially funded by OSI).
b)Global advocacy campaigns such as the Declaration for the recognition of access to palliative care and pain treatment as human rights, which has been signed by almost 5,000 individuals and more than 450 organizations.
c)Publication of Manuals and Books which include chapters on access to medications, regulatory impediments and pain treatment guidelines.
d)Participation in expert committees at the WHO on Drug Dependence, and in the development of Guidelines to Achieve Balance on the use of Opioids.
e)Participation in informal meetings with the INCB and UNODC to discuss collaboration to help countries improve their estimation procedures and improve availability.
f)Participation in expert group to develop with WHO, the INCB and the Pain and Policy Studies Group, a set of Guidelines for countries parties to the Conventions, to establish appropriate annual estimates, so that there is sufficient amount available of opioids to meet the demand for medical use.

At the regional (AFRO) and national levels:
a)Workshop to improve access to opioid medications in Colombia to implement an action plan from the IF- PPSG program to improve availability, distribution and procurement of opioids throughout the country (October 2007).
b)Advice to the Ministry of Health in Panama on how to implement a national program to improve availability and access to opioids (January 2010).
c)International workshop to improve availability and access to opioids with National Competent Authorities of Chile, Mexico and Peru (February 2010).
d)Follow up national workshop in Peru to further develop and implement the action plan to improve availability and accessibility of opioids (June 2010)
e)Workshop in Kiev, Ukraine to increase awareness and develop an action plan to eliminate barriers that interfere with legitimate access to opioids (March 2011)
f)Follow up national workshop in Chile to further develop and implement the action plan to improve availability and accessibility of opioids (planned for September 2011)
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