This World Health Organisation (WHO) report found that over 20 million people require palliative care at the end of life. The majority suffer from noncommunicable diseases. The report examines unmet needs internationally, and draws attention to the inequalities between countries. Roughly 80% of the global need for palliative care is in low-income and middle-income countries; only 20 countries were found to have palliative care integrated with their health-care systems.
“The importance of palliative care is being emphasized by the WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013–2020 and the most recent WHO essential medicines list that includes a specific section on medicines for palliative care”.
Global atlas of palliative care at the end of life. London: World Health Organization (WHO) / Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance, January 2014.