[forwarded from Action for Global Health]
Dear civil society colleagues,
Following the interactive dialogues the WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus held last year with civil society representatives on different topics, he is eager to continue these discussions in 2021 with the civil society and find concrete proposals and solutions on working together to improve global health and to support the achievement of the WHO triple billion targets and accelerate the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.
We have a pleasure of inviting you to the follow up CSO dialogue with WHO Director General Dr Tedros on Palliative Care on 28 April 2021 at 15:00-16:30 Central European Summer Time (UTC+02), as agreed by WHO Director General during the dialogue held on 25 November 2020 . The dialogue is curated by International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, the Worldwide Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance, and the International Federation on Ageing. This invitation is open to all members of civil society organizations (CSOs), so please share this invitation with your networks.
The COVID 19 pandemic has revealed with agonizing precision the deficits in health systems that continue causing preventable suffering for millions of patients and families around the world with palliative care needs, including bereavement. Operationalization of GPW13, achievement of the Triple Billion Targets, and progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are more urgent than ever. Robust partnerships between government agencies, civil society, and where appropriate the private sector, can begin to generate the political will and public support necessary remedy the almost universal lack of access to basic palliative care and essential palliative care medicines in most healthcare systems, particularly in pediatric, rural, and long-term care settings. The WHO can promote such partnerships at all levels of governance to develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate member state implementation of WHA 67/19, WHA 73/1, and the Astana Declaration, among other key commitments that include palliative care policies and services. Palliative care also can address a new COVID related public health issue -- grief and bereavement -- to ensure no one is left behind.
Please find the link to the dialogue below:
Meeting ID: 971 9067 0917
You may wish to download the Zoom application if you do not have it yet. Once you have connected, you can choose your language English/French/Spanish.
Dr Gaudenz Silberschmidt
Director, Health and Multilateral Partnerships