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AIDS Research Program (ARP)

Consultation on Pain and Palliative Care in Resource Limited Settings

Bethesda, Maryland
November 16 and 17, 2009

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that millions of people around the world are in immediate need of pain management, including those suffering from end-stage HIV/AIDS, terminal cancer, and injuries caused by accidents and violence; as well as surgery patients and children in pain. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative share a common interest in ensuring adequate access to pain relief medications for those who suffer. On November 16 and 17, 2009, these two organizations and the National Institutes of Health Office of AIDS Research brought together participants from several countries and international organizations working with a variety of diseases to discuss how to increase access to pain treatment and palliative care while minimizing the risk of drug diversion. The meeting, held in Bethesda, Maryland, focused on resource-limited settings in developing countries where the challenges are particularly difficult.

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