Freedom from Pain

Why Palliative Care will be Important to Millions

Each year millions of people fall ill with cancer, AIDS, and other potentially fatal diseases. An estimated 8.2 million[i] die every year from cancer. AIDS, another big killer, has claimed over 20.8 million[ii] lives since the start of the epidemic while another 37 million [iii] are currently infected with it worldwide.  Each year, millions suffer progressive, agonizing pain, and an increased likelihood of abandonment. On every level of their being, physically, mentally, and socially, the sick and terminally ill have lost stability. Even worse, every increase in their needs intensifies their helplessness.  The Human Rights Watch has equated this lack of effective support resulting in never-ending pain with torture. Against the colossal dimensions of this personal and social suffering, the work of those who have taken up a relatively new approach in medicine, palliative care, seeks to holistically restore peace to these individuals and their families, thus helping hundreds of thousands of sufferers and their families today, with the potential of mitigating this humanitarian crisis. 

 


[i] National Cancer Institute.  Retrieved on September 28, 2017, from https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/understanding/statistics   

 [ii] AIDS.org (2013). How many people have HIV and AIDS?  Retrieved on January 10th, 2013, from http://www.aids.org/topics/aids-faqs/how-many-have-hiv-aids/

[iii]amfAR: The Foundation for AIDS Research. (2012). The regional picture. Retrieved on January 8, 2013, from  http://www.amfar.org/about_hiv_and_aids/facts_and_stats/statistics__worldwide/ /