WHO Palliative Care pre-congress workshop

‘Expanding access to quality palliative care worldwide’

5th October 13.30-16.00 (CET)

Session (proposed times CET)Suggested ModeratorContentPanellists



Marie-Charlotte Bouësseau, WHO

Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat WHO


WHO’s priorities

Objectives of the session


Session 1


Eric Krakauer (US)/

Hibah Osman (Lebanon and US)

Assessment of palliative care development and quality.Carlos Centeno (Spain), Shams Syed (WHO), Anna Ray (UK)




Session 2


Julia Downing ICPCN/ Julie Ling EAPC/WHOChildren’s Palliative Care and Access to MedicationAyesha De Costa (WHO), Emily Harrop (UK), Xiohara Gentica (Philippines), Gilles Forte (WHO), Mark Mwesige (Uganda)

Session 3


Stephen Connor WHPCA/ Katherine Pettus IAHPCCivil Society and Government – Progress on implementation of WHA Resolution on PC Mr Titus Lee (Singapore), Maria Cordoba (Columbia), Lameck Tambo (Malawi), Ernesto Jaramillo (WHO), Helena Davies (person living with palliative care needs, UK)



Liz Gwyther WHOSummary and Close 

Moderators and panellists



Introduction Moderators

  • Marie-Charlotte Bouësseau, Team lead, Integrated Health Services, Division of UHC and Life Course, WHO-HQ
  • Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, Director of the Division of Country Health Policies and Systems, WHO-EURO

Session 1: 

Session 1 Moderators

  • Hibah Osman, Assistant Professor, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA; Founder Balsam Palliative Care Center, Lebanon
  • Eric Krakauer, Associate Professor, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA and University of Medicine & Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Session 1 Panellists

  • Carlos Centeno, Professor, , University of Navarra, Spain
  • Shams Syed, Unit Lead – Quality Health Services, Division of UHC / Life Course, WHO-HQ
  • Anna Ray, Public Health Specialty Registrar, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, UK.

Session 2: Children’s Palliative Care and Access to Essential Medicines

Session 2 Moderators

  • Julia Downing, Chief Executive International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN)
  • Julie Ling, Chief Executive Officer, European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC); Chair of Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Association; Technical Specialist on Palliative Care, WHO-EURO

Session 2 Panellists

  • Ayesha De Costa – Scientist, Dept of Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, World Health Organization, Geneva
  • Emily Harrop – Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Care and Medical Director, Helen and Douglas House, Oxford, UK.
  • Xiohara Gentica and Lannie Fofue – Paediatric Palliative Care Fellows, The Philippines
  • Gilles Forte – Unit head – Committee on Drug Dependence – Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products, WHO-HQ
  • Mark Mwesige – Country Director, Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU), Kampala, Uganda

Session 3:

Session 3 Moderators

  • Stephen Connor, Executive Director, Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Association
  • Katherine Pettus, Senior Advocacy Director, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care

Session 3 Panellists

  • Titus Lee, Director from the Ageing Planning Office, Ministry of Health Singapore
  • Maria Cordoba (Columbia), pediatric palliative care physician, HOMI Fundación Hospital Pediátrico La Misericordia in Bogota; Professor of medicine at the University of Los Andes, Colombia; President of ASOCUPAC, the Colombian Palliative Care Association)
  • Lameck Tambo (Executive Director, Palliative Care Association of Malawi 
  • Ernesto Jaramillo Global TB Program, WHO-HQ
  • Helena Davies, Trustee Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance and person living with palliative care needs, UK


  • Liz Gwyther, Clinical Services and Systems WHO-HQ; Associate Professor Family Medicine and Interdisciplinary Palliative Care and Medicine, University of Cape Town