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Cicely Saunders gave the world a vision of palliative care for all, however, palliative care is far from reaching all those who need it. The global need for palliative care is increasing rapidly, and the care gap is growing larger for low and middle-income countries, where populations are ageing in greater numbers than ever before.

Our multidisciplinary team partners with organisations and individuals around the world to improve palliative care for all.  We strengthen healthcare systems by building research capacity, generating evidence, inform policy and deliver education with a focus on populations that are experiencing the fastest rise of suffering and need. Our key aims are:

  • To build meaningful partnerships and provide academic mentorship for the co-production of high-quality evidence that addresses local priorities and challenges.
  • To disseminate robust evidence to advocate for better policies and practices.
  • To drive access and quality in palliative care.
  • To build palliative care research capacity with our partner organisations.
  • To train future leaders in palliative care from around the world.

Our Partners

Our large global health programme is made possible through our local, national and global partnerships. 

We have been a WHO Collaborating Centre for Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation since 2008 and our research is funded by the ESRC, NIHR, Medical Research Council, World Health Organization and the Open Society Foundation.

We work with world-leading healthcare professionals across King's College London and support King’s Global Health Institute, ensuring that health care services are connected and fit for purpose.

World Health Organization

World Health Organization

Economic and Social Research Council

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)


National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

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Medical Research Council