ES2-3 : Palliative care for Cancer patients in Low and Middle Income Countries


Cancers are increasingly appearing in resource-poor countries as a major cause of morbidity and mortality. With the epidemiological transition and the ageing of the population this trend will increase.

The Seventieth World Health Assembly 2017 endorsed a set of measures to improve and scale up access to prevention; early diagnosis: prompt, accessible treatment, and palliative care for cancer.

But untill now, little is changing for patients. Due to lack of availability and lack of knowledge, due to inappropriate laws, access to opioids remains difficult.

This roundtable brings together people from WHO, members of the Ministry of Health, NGOs and field physicians who will share their perspective and experience.



The objective of this round table is

  1.  to make an overview of the current recommendations of WHO and UICC (International Union Against Cancer).
  2. to understand what are the barriers to the implementation of these recommendations at contries level.



Ullrich AndreaChairmanFormer WHO adviser for cancerSwitzerland
Aloudat TammanParticipantMédecins Sans FrontièresSwitzerland
Corty Jean FrançoisParticipantMédecins Du MondeFrance
Des Robert ClotildeParticipantUniversity Hospital of MarseilleFrance
Kareem AhangParticipantMinistry of Health of IraqIraq
Schneider MartinParticipantInstitute for Global HealthSwitzerland
Varghese CherianParticipantWHOSwitzerland
Wachsmuth IsabelleParticipantWHOSwitzerland
Ziba RosalieParticipantAssociation des femmes atteintes et affectées par le cancerBurkina Faso



ES : Experience sharing