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The Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the End of Life
13 March 2013

For the first time, the unmet need for palliative care across the world is mapped in the Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the End of Life, published jointly by the World Health Organization and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance.

“The Atlas shows that the great majority of the global need of end-of-life care is associated with noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke and lung diseases,” says Dr Oleg Chestnov, WHO Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health.“While we strengthen efforts to reduce the burden of the biggest killers in the world today, we must also alleviate the suffering of those with progressive illness who do not respond to curative treatment.”

It’s more than a hundred pages long, so we’ve put together an infographic to pick out some of the points in the atlas. Read the whole document here: http://www.thewpca.org/resources/global-atlas-of-palliative-care/