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The WPCA has produced and commissioned a variety of resources on hospice and palliative care worldwide. These are available to download free from this site.

Global Atlas of Palliative Care

Published jointly by the World Health Organization and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance, the Atlas is the first document to map the need for and availability of palliative care globally. It is an excellent tool to advocate for the inclusion of palliative care in the global, regional and national health agendas.

Palliative care resolutions

Strengthening of palliative care as a component of integrated treatment within the continuum of care  

On 23 January 2014, the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) took the historic step of adopting this palliative care resolution which, for the first time, means palliative care is accepted as an integral component of health systems worldwide.

Position statements

Defining palliative care

This position statements clarifies the WHO definition of palliative care as it applies in different geopolitical and economic settings. 

Euthanasia and Assisted Dying

This statement clarifies the WPCA position on euthanasia and assisted dying.

Palliative care and human rights

This position statement clarifies WPCA's position on palliative care as a human right.

Palliative care and health systems strengthening

This position statement clarifies the WPCA's position on palliative care and health system strengthening.

Palliative care and Universal Health Coverage

This position statement clarifies the WPCA position on UHC and palliative care as a needed and essential health service within it.




Mapping levels of palliative care development: a global update 2011

This new study by the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance  finds that, out of the world’s 234 countries, only 136 (58%) have one or more hospice or palliative care services available to seriously ill people and their families and carers. The mapping study, done in association with the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University in the UK, was last carried out in 2006.

Mapping levels of palliative care development: a global view (2006)

This research undertaken by the International Observatory on End of Life care studies palliative care development around the world.


Palliative Care Toolkit - Improving care from the roots up in resource limited settings

The 'Palliative Care Toolkit: Improving care in resource-limited settings' was written to empower health workers in resource-poor settings to integrate palliative care into the work they are doing.









Training Manual for the Palliative Care Toolkit

The Training Manual was produced to accompany the Toolkit. It contains strucutures teaching modules and resources which can help others use the Toolkit.






Advocacy Toolkit

This Toolkit highlights the key advocacy tools that are specifically of relevance to hospice and palliative care organisations who wish to develop their advocacy work. It also provides examples of how these tools have been used and have worked in practice.

An introduction to resource mobilisation

This document provides information about effective fundraising. It was produced by the Resource Alliance for the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance membership.

Palliative Care Association Toolkit

The toolkit is to support the development of national hospice and palliative care associations. It is presented in three parts, each of which has its own web page portal. Each section begins with an actual association-building vignette from palliative care leaders around the world. These real-life examples are followed by a variety of tools, definitions, references and other resources to round out the challenge of association building.


Palliative Care Indicator for Universal Health Coverage

A description of the WPCA recommended indicator for Universal Health Coverage, opioid consumption per capita.

Palliative Care terminology

This paper, written by Liz Gwyther from the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa, provides a description of palliative care terms.

Funders charter

This charter is designed to clarify the relationship between donor and recipient. By ensuring both parties are aware of the other’s priorities and objectives, we hope to increase the sustainability of funding and improve donor’s successful meeting of objectives.

What does palliative care have to do with HIV and AIDS?

This document looks at the way palliative care supports people living with HIV and AIDS to improve their quality of life. The document particularly focusses on ageing, mental health, adherence to anti-retroviral therapy and pain.





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