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Jan 24

Convocation: Felicia Knaul

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International health economist Felicia Knaul advocates for better palliative care in developing countries.

Friday, January 24th, 2020
10:50 – 11:50 am / Skinner Chapel
Felicia Knaul Convocation
Felicia Knaul

Felicia Knaul is an international health economist and expert in Latin American health systems.  She is currently the director of the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas and a professor in the university’s Miller School of Medicine. She has over 20 years of experience in government, academic, think-tank and civil society organizations. She has held senior positions in the governments of Mexico and Colombia and has worked for several international agencies including the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and UNICEF. She has over 225 publications and has participated in several publications and commissions of the Lancet, one of the world’s oldest, most prestigious, and most globally-influential medical journals. From 2014-2017, Knaul served as chair of the Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief. The Commission´s work revealed that each year more than 61 million people experience serious health-related suffering, and 80% of these people live in low-and middle-income countries where palliative care and pain relief is scarce or non-existent.  The poorest half of the world’s population have access to less than 1% of medications for pain, while the wealthiest 10% have 90% of these necessary medications. Much can be done to close the global pain divide and policy in the United States could do more to promote solutions. Both more-informed research and youth-led advocacy are required.  The title of her presentation is “Alleviating the access abyss in palliative care and pain relief: an imperative of universal health coverage.”


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