National Hospital Abuja

Nigeria: Cost of oral morphine at the National Hospital Abuja reduced by 81%

Dr. Meg O'Brien is in Nigeria for a couple of weeks with our analyst, Dr. Chris Igharo, to check in with the major teaching hospitals and see how they are accessing the new morphine powder that the federal government made available in January.Read it here

Morphine team

Returning to Uganda to work on access to pain relief

Four years ago I left Uganda to go and work in Namibia as a technical advisor on medicine regulatory issues. But when I got there, the first task I was given was to support the Ministry of Health in Namibia in strengthening and improving access to palliative care medicines. I had very limited knowledge about palliative care at that time and I even started to wonder if this was the actual task I had subscribed for. Read it here

Mathias Kiwanuka

NFL Superbowl Champion Mathias Kiwanuka

Mathias Kiwanuka, a two-time Superbowl champion with the New York Football Giants, and award-winning filmmaker, Casey Neistat, have teamed up with the American Cancer Society to raise awareness about the needless suffering in developing countries with low access to pain relief. Kiwanuka, whose grandfather, Benedicto Kiwanuka, was the first Prime Minister of Uganda and who still has family in the country, and Neistat traveled with representatives from the Society’s Treat the Pain program April 2-5. Read it here


Launch of the Pain-Free Hospital Initiative in three cancer centers in India with Pallium India

In November, I joined our colleagues at Pallium India to launch the Pain-Free Hospital Initiative in three cancer hospitals in India. The Pain-Free Hospital Initiative is a one-year quality improvement project to improve hospital-based pain treatment. At the end of the year, all patients will be routinely asked about their pain and reported pain will be promptly and appropriately treated. Read it here


Indian Supreme Court Ruling May Open Access to Morphine

Today in India, many patients have no access to pain relief. Twenty-five years after WHO came out with a viable protocol for pain relief, oral morphine is still not available in the majority of hospitals. However, a recent Indian Supreme Court ruling may have giant implications for the numbers of Indians suffering from unnecessary pain. Read it here