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Where is the money to bridge the Cancer Divide? Learning from NCDs in the Jamaican context.


Non Communicable diseases (NCDs) including palliative care were discussed at the United Nations’ New York Headquarters in September with a High Level Meeting.  Talk but few commitments to the growing problem of NCDs in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC). Margaret Chan, the WHO DIrector-General, made the a further call for resources for prevent and … Continue reading

Balancing the USA’s access to opioids: Thoughts on new CDC report.


“Overdoses involving prescription painkillers are at epidemic levels and now kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined. States, health insurers, health care providers and individuals have critical roles to play in the national effort to stop this epidemic of overdoses while we protect patients who need prescriptions to control pain. ” Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., … Continue reading

Palliative Care in the UN Summit on NCDs: A little goes a long way! Lifebeforedeath Film 18


The UN Declaration on Non-Communicable Disease is in!  OK, it is going to be discussed and ratified at the meeting from Sept 19-20 in New York but the negotiation have concluded and it is all but complete.  But palliative care is in. Yes 4 places!!  You make think that this is not much but the … Continue reading

NCDs and the Rights-based Movement: where is Pain Relief?


Richard Smith, in the BMJ, has warned us of concerns with the UN summit but with 32 days to go (according to my twitter in-basket), the heat is rising in the kitchen. There is real fear that palliative care may not feature as a priority in this “Document/Declaration/manifesto” that is being crafted by UN member … Continue reading

“Cancer patients, extraordinary victims of the war against drugs!” LIFE before Death Film #13.


Yes, we can make cancer pain relief personal, but we really need to address the politics of pain. As you read this, the UN member states continue to negotiate the wording of the UN Declaration on Non Communicable Diseases. Things are NOT going well according to Richard Smith in a BMJ Editorial published today: “Wobbly” is … Continue reading

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