Persisting pain in children

The brochure Persisting pain in children for pharmacists offers concise information which is extracted from the WHO guidelines on the pharmacological treatment of persisting pain in children with medical illnesses (1) unless otherwise stated.

These new WHO guidelines outline basic principles, clinical recommendations and health system recommendations. This brochure highlights selected issues which are essential for pharmacists.

The WHO guidelines on the pharmacological treatment of persisting pain in children with medical illnesses address the pharmacological treatment of persisting pain, including cancer pain. As such, it replaces the previous guidelines Cancer pain and palliative care in children which exclusively covered cancer pain. The new guidelines on persisting pain in children are the first of a series of three guidelines documents on all types of pain in both adults and children. The topics of the other two guidelines will be “persisting pain in adults” and “acute pain”. The basic principle of the guidelines is that all patients with pain, including children, should be treated with either pharmacological or non-pharmacological techniques, irrespective of whether the underlying cause can be identified.

To the Brochure for Pharmacists

To the Brochure for Policy-Makers

Newsletter on lack of pain relief in health care as torture

This edition of the Bulletin was supported by funding from the Open Society Public Health Program, which works to advance the health and human rights of marginalised persons by building the capacity of civil society leaders and organisations and advocating for accountability and a strong civil society role in health policy and practice.

Read the whole Bulletin

Submission to the UN committee

Attached is the final submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child proposing palliative care as essential to a child’s right to health. Diederik Lohman of Human Rights watch has also included a call for palliative care for children as part of the HRW submission, so we are hopeful to get something into the General Comment, which will impact on their decisions regarding palliative care in countries as they evaluate their progress towards implementing the Articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Information about Kerala
Information about Uganda