Palliative Care: A Global Perspective, Apr. 25


The New York University Master’s Program in Global Public Health will present a discussion with the primary author of the World Health Organization’s first-ever guide for planning end-of-life care on Friday, April 25, 2008. The event, “Palliative Care: A Global Perspective,” will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, Room 210, New York, N.Y.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) approach to palliative care is not linked specifically to cancer or to any other disease; instead, it focuses on addressing the need for palliative care regardless of health diagnosis. Throughout the world, tens of millions of people are suffering from chronic life-threatening conditions, and the majority are living in developing countries, where diagnoses tend to occur at a late stage of disease. Often, people have little access to treatment, and resources are quite limited. Consequently, many people are not receiving the quality of care they should be.

Join us for an engaging evening as we explore how low-cost health care approaches can dramatically reduce end-of-life suffering. By focusing on how to bring the best palliative practices to resource-constrained settings, we can improve the lives of patients and their families worldwide.

  • WHO: Cecilia Sepulveda, M.D., M.P.H, Coordinator of the World Health Organization (WHO) Program on Cancer Control. Karen M. Ryan, M.A., Director of the International Program at the Pain & Policy Studies Group (PPSG)/WHO Collaborating Center for Policy and Communications in Cancer Care, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Francesca Gany, M.D., M.S., Associate Professor of General Internal Medicine and Director of the Center for Immigrant Health, NYU School of Medicine; Member of the Master’s Program in Global Public Health Faculty Governance Board and Director of its Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Human Migration concentration.
  • WHAT: A discussion on “Palliative Care: A Global Perspective”
  • WHEN: Friday, April 25, 2008, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (reception 6:30 p.m.; program 7:00 p.m.).
  • WHERE: NYU Vanderbilt Hall, Room 210, 40 Washington Square South.

RSVP and find more information at http://www.nyu.edu/mph/events

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