A new report, commissioned by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN), was released in which researchers conducted an analysis of the critical needs and gaps in children’s palliative care. The assessment was conducted in three countries - South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe and estimated the need for palliative care for children, coverage of existing palliative care services and where service gaps exist.
The report is an effort to document the nature and the extent of the need to provide palliative care to children, particularly in low and middle-income countries, for conditions including HIV and AIDS, cancer and other non-communicable diseases, as well as complex chronic and neonatal conditions. The study also aimed to pilot and enhance a methodology to assess need and coverage of services that may be replicated in other countries and support a more effective policy and health service response.
Download the report to find out more and read about the findings.