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Treat The Pain: Providing Access to Pain Control

More than 2.7 million people die each year from cancer or HIV in moderate or severe pain without access to adequate pain treatment even though morphine, the most effective treatment for severe pain, is safe, effective, plentiful, inexpensive, and easy-to-use. Legal and regulatory restrictions, cultural misperceptions about pain, inadequate training of healthcare providers, a poorly functioning market, generally weak health systems, and concern about diversion, addiction, and abuse create a web of barriers that force millions of people to live and die with treatable pain.

A Trip to Uganda with Mathias Kiwanuka

The American Cancer Society's Treat The Pain program launches new video with NFL New York Giant, Mathias Kiwanuka.

Treat The Pain worked with the New York Giants’ Mathias Kiwanuka and filmmaker Casey Neistat to create a short advocacy video on access to pain relief. Kiwanuka and Neistat traveled to Uganda earlier this year to learn about the challenges in accessing pain relief and the work that is being done by Treat The Pain and partners to improve access. They met with Treat The Pain staff and clinicians, patients, and families at the Uganda Cancer Institute and Hospice Africa Uganda (HAU) in Kampala, Uganda and filmed the short video over three days in April 2013.

Treat The Pain works directly with governments and partners in low and middle-income countries to make essential pain medicines universally available. With projects in Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, India, and Haiti, the work of Treat The Pain and its partners has provided 2.8 million days of treatment since 2011.

Visit the program’s website, TreatThePain.org and follow on Twitter and Facebook to learn more.

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