Global Policy Documents Impacting CPC

There are a wide range of global policy documents that impact on children’s palliative care – we have included some of them here.

World Health Organization Documents:

Assessing the development of palliative care worldwide: A set of actionable indicators 2021
Quality health services and palliative care: Practical approaches and resources to support policy, strategy and practice 2021
Information on Universal Health Coverage can be found here 2021
Guidelines on the management of chronic pain in children

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Quality health services: A planning guide 2020
Operational Framework for Primary Health care: Transforming Vision into Action 2020
Palliative care for non-communicable diseases: A global snapshot 2019
WHO guidelines for the pharmacological and radiotherapeutic management of cancer pain in adults and adolescents 2018
Integrating palliative care and symptom relief into the response to humanitarian emergencies and crises: A WHO guide 2018
Integrating palliative care and symptom relief into primary health care: A WHO guide for planners, implementers and managers 2018


Public Spending on Health: A Close look at Global Trends 2018
Integrating palliative care and symptom relief into paediatrics: A WHO guide for health care planners, implementers and managers

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Declaration of Astana on Primary Health care 2018
Building Integrated Palliative Care Programs and Services 2017
World Health Assembly Resolution: Cancer prevention and control in the context of an integrated approach 2017
Planning and implementing palliative care services: A guide for programme managers 2016
World Health Assembly Resolution; Strengthening of palliative care as a component of comprehensive care throughout the life course 2014


The Lancet Commission Report

WHPCA Resources

Advocacy Guide. Palliative Care and Universal Health Coverage 2023
Global Atlas of Palliative Care: 2nd Edition 2020
Universal Health Coverage and Palliative Care: Do not leave those suffering behind 2014
Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the End of Life 2014
Information about different laws, regulations and national palliative care strategies can be found here
Country reports and needs assessments can be found here
Standards, clinical guidelines and protocols can be found here
Advocacy resources for palliative care can be found here

Palliative Care Regional Atlases

Pastrana T et al. Atlas de Cuidados Palliativos en Latinoamerica 2020 2020
Arias-Casais N, Garralda E, Pons JJ, Marston J, Chambers L, Downing J, Ling J, Rhee JY, de Lima L, Centeno C. (2020) Mapping paediatric palliative care development in the WHO European region: Children living in low-middle income countries are less likely to access it. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 60(4):746-753. 2020
Rhee JY et al. APCA Atlas of Palliative Care in Africa 2017
Arias-Casais N et al. EAPC Atlas of Palliative Care in Europe 2019 2019
Pastrana T et al. Atlas of Palliative Care in Latin America 2012
Osman H et al. Atlas of Palliative care in the Eastern Mediterranean Region 2017