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.


Dr. Felicia Knaul meets with INCB at WHA71

An important discussion on the issue of access to morphine and other controlled substances for pain management and ways of working together in the coming year, in particular in the lead-up to the high-level session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in 2019.

El Nuevo Diario: Latinoamérica debe expandir acceso a tratamientos y cerrar brecha del cáncer

Cerrar la brecha entre pacientes pobres y ricos, así como expandir el acceso a los tratamientos más innovadores para combatir el cáncer debe ser la prioridad de los gobiernos de América Latina.

Felicia Knaul, Richard Horton, Julio Frenk throwing up The U and Lancet Commission Launch

The Lancet: Health-related suffering: from Lancet Commission to DeclarAction

The realization of better health for all cannot be achieve without addressing suffering and pain

INVENTUM: Dr. Felicia Marie Knaul Addresses Global Women’s Cancer Disparities

Key to realizing that opportunity are earlier detection and effective advocacy. In Latin America, just over 20 percent of breast cancer cases are detected in Stage 1, and the rest are detected late. The data for the U.S. are the opposite: 80 percent are found in early stages.