Knowledge to Policy Center

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Integrating Palliative Care Services into the Health System in Lebanon

​​The Knowledge to Policy Center (K2P) at the Faculty of Heath Sciences (FHS) in the American University of Beirut (AUB), in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon and The Lebanese Center for Palliative Care (Balsam), is organizing a Policy Dialogue on “Integrating Palliative Care Services into the Health System in Lebanon".

This event will be held in Rotana Gefinor Hotel on Friday 13 July 2018 and will gather around 25 participants and experts from different backgrounds with the aim to discuss the size of the problem and its causes, and highlight elements of a comprehensive approach to integrate palliative care services into the health system in Lebanon.

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients (adults and children) and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness. It prevents and relieves suffering through the early identification, correct assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual. It represents a crucial part of integrated, people-centred health services, at all levels of care, as it aims to relieve suffering, whether its cause is cancer, major organ failure, drug-resistant tuberculosis, end-stage chronic illness, extreme birth prematurity or extreme frailty of old age.

Worldwide, only about 14% of people who need palliative care currently receive it. The quality of life of patients and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual are greatly improved by palliative care.

This event comes under the World Health Assembly resolution 67.19 on strengthening palliative care, which was adopted in 2014. The resolution emphasizes the need to create national palliative care policies, to ensure secure access to opioids for pain relief, training for all health care staff in palliative care, and the integration of palliative care services into existing health care systems.​​​​