Hemispheric Health Initiative

Lancet Commission on Palliative Care and Pain Relief
Women's Cancer Symposium

The Institute is key at convening and supporting scholarship relevant to the Americas. Following are some of the recent discussions, symposia, research lunches and special presentations sponsored and organized by the institute.

Breast and cervical cancer are leading killers of women throughout the world. In most of Latin America and the Caribbean, breast and cervical cancer are among the most common causes of death for younger women. 

The rapid spread of the Zika virus is a public health emergency that extends beyond the developing world to Miami and the United States.

Assessing Palliative Care Worldwide

A symposium is addressing key findings of the groundbreaking Lancet Commission Report on palliative care and proposing solutions to existing problems.


Almost half of those who die globally, nearly 26 million people, including over 2.5 million children, have serious physical or psychological suffering and need palliative care and pain relief.


Opiophobia Has Left Africa in Agony

Uganda has a strategy for giving scarce morphine to patients in pain. But many poor nations won’t emulate it, over fear of an opioid epidemic.

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El cancer debe ser una prioridad en la agenda politica de America Latina

Mexico, 14 nov. (EFE).- Poner al cáncer en el centro de la agenda política y llegar a acuerdos para avanzar en el combate de la enfermedad son los principales desafíos de América Latina, según coincidieron varios expertos con motivo de la Cumbre Mundial de Líderes contra el Cáncer que se celebra en México.