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What is Palliative Care?

​Palliative care seeks to improve the quality of life of patients facing life-threatening illnesses, as well as their families. 
It is an approach to delivery of services that care for the patient as a whole person, addressing the physical needs, emotional, spiritual and practical concerns. 

The World Health Assembly recommends that palliative care should be part of the healthcare package that governments provide for the whole population, and integrated into the healthcare system including as part of universal health coverage. 

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24 Million

in Asia need palliative care yearly
This includes more than 1 million children under 15 years of age.

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11 Million

persons die in pain and distress. There is 46% of those in need suffer from the lack of access

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80%

of cancers in developing countries diagnosed late. Cancers diagnosed in advanced stages is unlikely to be curable.