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First Central Asian Palliative Care Policy meeting

March 8-11, 2011

Barcelona, Spain


The aim of this meeting is to inform and empower participants in their efforts to promote palliative care in their country.  The meeting will offer the opportunity for participants to understand the components necessary for the development and implementation of palliative care within a public health system, including: standards, education and training, drug availability, service integration and development, legislation and financing.
The meeting will include sharing experiences and learning together to identify areas of improvement and cooperation. 
The objectives of the meeting are:
  • To broaden understanding of the concepts, methods and service applications of palliative care in hospital and community settings
  • To learn about different disease and age-group specific aspects of palliative care
  • To learn about systematic ways of advocating and developing palliative care services in countries
  • To learn from the experience of the participating countries
The meeting has been structured around plenary presentations and working groups to encourage interaction and learning.  Speakers and trainers will come from WHO Headquarters, the WHO European Collaborating Center in Palliative Care in Barcelona, the Pain & Policy Studies Group, and the Open Society Foundations.