Oncology and palliative care
Cancer has reached epidemic proportions worldwide. More than 60% of the world’s total new annual cases occur in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America, accounting for 70% of the world’s cancer deaths. Cancer treatment in these regions is often too expensive and not accessible for many. To address this problem, IDA Foundation has developed a basic range of quality oncology products in line with the WHO Essential Medicines List.
Palliative care, including access to pain relief, is an urgent humanitarian need worldwide, especially for children and adults with advanced cancers. Current estimates suggest that at least 2.9 million people with cancer or HIV/AIDS suffer the terminal phase of their disease with no pain relief. IDA Foundation offers palliative medicines in our product range to serve these patients.
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Relief from physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems can be achieved in over 90% of advanced cancer patients through palliative care. Effective public health strategies, comprising of community- and home-based care are essential to provide pain relief and palliative care for patients and their families in low-resource settings. (WHO, 2016)