Covid-19 has put palliative care and those in it under huge ...

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Covid-19 has put palliative care and those in it under huge strain

Only 12% of the global need is now being met, with the pandemic worsening the situation, says expert

Senior science reporter

In the world of pain, needing palliative care during a pandemic spells a big dose of bad luck.

While the collective gaze of health professions — and their attendant budgets — has turned towards the infectious disease sweeping the world, those in palliative care are sounding the alarm about how their patients are missing out.

Dr Emmanuel Luyirika, executive director of the African Palliative Care Association (APCA), says only 12% of the global need for palliative care is now being met and the pandemic has made the situation worse...

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