How was palliative care left out of this?

We reproduce Avril Jackson’s plea today, from her LinkedIn page, three days ago.

Avril is the information officer for the European Association of Palliative Care – and Europe is a Covid-19 hotspot.

Apart from showing the World Health Organisation needs more education about palliative care, especially during Covid-19, it also illustrates that palliative care can be overlooked, even in the most obvious settings and even at the highest levels.

Here is Avril’s posting.

PALLIATIVE CARE ADVOCATES – WE NEED YOUR HELP A message from Claire Morris WHPCA and Irene Pettus IAHPC .

The EU is developing a resolution on the Covid-19 response and it currently includes no reference to palliative care. Governments are negotiating the language now. This resolution will be discussed at the virtual World Health Assembly on May 18th 2020.

Please contact your Ministry of Health and request the addition of palliative care language. We have prepared a letter for you to download, adapt and send to your main contact at the Ministry of Health here:

It would also be useful if you send the adapted letter to your country mission in Geneva. For a link to contact details at the mission please contact or

If you have any questions please contact Claire Morris or Katherine Pettus. hashtag#palliativecare

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