National Strategic Framework for Palliative Care Development in Sri Lanka 2019 - 2023

Provision of palliative care services is a core component of comprehensive health care delivery. With the demographic and epidemiological transition, demand for palliative care services are increasing over the time. Considering this situation, at the sixty seventh World Health Assembly in 2014, first ever global resolution on palliative care was released (WHA 67.19) requesting member states to strengthen palliative care as a component of comprehensive care throughout the life course with special emphasis on primary health care. Furthermore at the 69th World Health Assembly in 2016 high quality palliative care was identified as an explicit element of the World Health Organisation (WHO) framework on integrated people centered health services.