Treat The Pain

Treat The Pain A program of the American Cancer Society to make essential pain medicines universally available.
Treat the Pain is a program of the American Cancer Society (ACS) to make essential pain medicines universally available by 2020.

01/04/2018

Know any Ethiopian oncology pharmacists practicing in a high-income setting? We are looking for some experts to help out with a 1-week training on safe handling and administration of chemotherapy in Ethiopia. Contact us at [email protected].

We need to protect gains made in the last decade and continue to push for greater access to essential pain medicines in ...
12/05/2017
‘Opiophobia’ Has Left Africa in Agony

We need to protect gains made in the last decade and continue to push for greater access to essential pain medicines in Africa.

Uganda has a strategy for giving scarce morphine to patients in pain. But many poor nations won’t emulate its effort because officials fear an opioid epidemic.

01/05/2017
Employment, Jobs, Career Opportunities | American Cancer Society

We are hiring someone with a background in clinical oncology to join our team in Washington, DC and support some exciting new projects to scale-up access to cancer treatment in Africa.

How can you help create a world with more birthdays? Joining our team provides you with distinctive job opportunities to enhance who you are — as a career person, a community member, and a caring individual.

Treat the Pain team is all together this week in Uganda at the African Palliative Care Association meeting.
08/16/2016

Treat the Pain team is all together this week in Uganda at the African Palliative Care Association meeting.

We're excited to announce a special campaign this week to raise funds in support of our Global Cancer Treatment radiothe...
08/15/2016
Click here to support Kenya Radiotherapy Program by American Cancer Society

We're excited to announce a special campaign this week to raise funds in support of our Global Cancer Treatment radiotherapy subsidy project in Kenya! Make a donation and you'll receive a voucher for a free photo book from Shutterfly. Any amount can help, but for just $60, you can provide a cancer patient with a session of life-saving, pain-reducing radiation treatment.

GIVE $1 or more, GET a free photo book and HELP patients receive life-saving radiation treatments. This week only, you'll receive a FREE 8x8 photo book from Shutterfly when you donate at least $1 to the American Cancer Society. Photo books are easy to make and perfect for capturing all your summer…

We're packing up supplies to send to our Pain-Free Hospital Initiative team in Nigeria. This is half, so hope you guys h...
05/25/2016

We're packing up supplies to send to our Pain-Free Hospital Initiative team in Nigeria. This is half, so hope you guys have a big truck.

It's important to understand that overuse of painkillers is limited to a very small number of people in the world. For t...
05/17/2016
Much of World Suffers Not From Abuse of Painkillers, but Absence of Them

It's important to understand that overuse of painkillers is limited to a very small number of people in the world. For the majority of people, access to pain relief is severely lacking.

While the United States struggles with a surge in addiction, an estimated 5.5 billion people live in countries with little or no access to opioid analgesics.

05/11/2016
Uganda: Government to Build Regional Cancer Centres

Uganda last week passed a new bill expanding cancer care.

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda yesterday said that the government is to establish regional cancer treatment centres after Parliament passed the Uganda Cancer Institute Bill last week.

The radiotherapy machine in Uganda served Ugandan patients, but was also used by patients in Rwanda, South Sudan, and Bu...
04/20/2016
Uganda sends 400 cancer patients to Kenya after breakdown of only radiotherapy machine

The radiotherapy machine in Uganda served Ugandan patients, but was also used by patients in Rwanda, South Sudan, and Burundi (which have no radiotherapy machines).

Uganda is sending 400 cancer patients to Kenya for radiation treatment after its only radiation machine broke down beyond repair.

Kenya has only three public radiation machines available at Kenyatta National Hospital, and there is also a backlog of thousands of people waiting for treatmen…

Will we be engineering pain medicines in the future?
04/10/2016
The scientist creating opioids for the masses

Will we be engineering pain medicines in the future?

Stanford University scientist Christina Smolke is injecting yeast with the DNA of opium poppies to produce opioids for the masses.

We're excited to be working with Kenyatta National Hospital and KEHPCA to start up local morphine production in Kenya.
02/03/2016
Kenya to manufacture pain killer morphine for chronic diseases

We're excited to be working with Kenyatta National Hospital and KEHPCA to start up local morphine production in Kenya.

Kenya is set to start manufacturing morphine, a crucial painkiller used to relieve suffering of cancer patients as the country moves to boost its capacity to handle chronic diseases.

11/16/2015
careers-chai.icims.com

Our global cancer treatment program here at the American Cancer Society is launching a new collaboration this month with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to improve access to cancer treatment in Africa. We'll have some global objectives and some specific work within the public sectors in Nigeria and Ethiopia.
CHAI is hiring for two positions (potentially US or Africa-based). Please apply or share with others in your network that may be interested!
https://careers-chai.icims.com/jobs/5981/job…

This year we supported  Hospice Africa Uganda to add new equipment to their morphine production unit, which provides liq...
09/08/2015

This year we supported Hospice Africa Uganda to add new equipment to their morphine production unit, which provides liquid morphine for the whole country. We've added a new water filtration system and automated mixing and filling machines. This will allow them to continue to meet the growing demand for pain relief while keeping production costs low. It looks really cool, doesn't it?

We are hiring a program manager to join our small team in  Washington, DC to work on improving access to cancer treatmen...
08/27/2015
Employment, Jobs, Career Opportunities | American Cancer Society

We are hiring a program manager to join our small team in Washington, DC to work on improving access to cancer treatment and pain relief in Africa. Please share or apply.

How can you help create a world with more birthdays? Joining our team provides you with distinctive job opportunities to enhance who you are — as a career person, a community member, and a caring individual.

We are all smiles in sunny Kampala, Uganda for our Pain Free Hospital Initiative Summit. The accomplishments of this pro...
08/26/2015

We are all smiles in sunny Kampala, Uganda for our Pain Free Hospital Initiative Summit. The accomplishments of this program so far are outstanding and there is so much more to come!!

We are excited to be treating the first 10 patients this week as part of a new project with Kenya Hospices and Palliativ...
08/07/2015

We are excited to be treating the first 10 patients this week as part of a new project with Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) to subsidize radiotherapy at Nairobi Hospital for cancer patients on the wait list at Kenyatta National Hospital

Today we are in Kenya, joining staff from the Comprehensive Care Center as they wrap up their training in pain treatment
08/06/2015

Today we are in Kenya, joining staff from the Comprehensive Care Center as they wrap up their training in pain treatment

Pain Free Hospital Initiative has taken off in Ethiopia! These excited physicians and nurses just recieved pain manageme...
06/03/2015

Pain Free Hospital Initiative has taken off in Ethiopia! These excited physicians and nurses just recieved pain management certificates at Yekatit 12 Hospital Medical College in Addis Ababa! #treatthepain

We're too busy over here so we're hiring two new people to join our team as Program Managers. If you're interested in jo...
04/01/2015
Employment, Jobs, Career Opportunities | American Cancer Society

We're too busy over here so we're hiring two new people to join our team as Program Managers. If you're interested in joining a small team in Washington, DC to work on improving access to pain relief and cancer treatment in low-income countries, then please apply!

How can you help create a world with more birthdays? Joining our team provides you with distinctive job opportunities to enhance who you are — as a career person, a community member, and a caring individual.

01/09/2015

Guest-lecture at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health today was a fun chance to zoom out to our history over the last four years. Sometimes I lose sight of the progress we are making but when I get to present like this, I am awed by how far we have collectively come to improving access to pain relief. It's getting better! And I am so grateful that I get paid to do this!

Great opinion piece in the New York Times by Ron Piana.
10/01/2014
Dying Without Morphine

Great opinion piece in the New York Times by Ron Piana.

Why is it so hard to get pain relief in the developing world?

Today we visited with amazing folks from the Ethiopian Cancer Association, who are running a care home for 15 women who ...
09/24/2014

Today we visited with amazing folks from the Ethiopian Cancer Association, who are running a care home for 15 women who have come to Addis Ababa for cancer treatment and have no place to stay. Simply inspiring and in need of support!

This is the only free lodging option for the national hospital, which serves a population of 90 million people.

I love Nairobi, but getting to have lunch with Faith Mwangi-Powell makes it extra-fun! Lovely small world it is.
09/23/2014

I love Nairobi, but getting to have lunch with Faith Mwangi-Powell makes it extra-fun! Lovely small world it is.

08/22/2014

Congratulations to Hospice Without Borders on getting some morphine on its way to Rwanda. You're doing wonderful work!

We're excited to be working with Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation on improving access to pain relief in Swazil...
07/29/2014

We're excited to be working with Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation on improving access to pain relief in Swaziland!

We are excited to announce a new partnership with American Cancer Society to improve access to essential pain medications for people living with HIV in #Swaziland. As part of ACS’ Treat The Pain initiative, this new partnership will help improve efforts to better integrate pain management into HIV/AIDS services throughout the country. Read the full press release here: http://bit.ly/1s12vQ4

Great article about access to pain relief. Don't miss the excellent video at the end about how our partner, Hospice Afri...
06/04/2014
'Millions denied end-of-life drugs'

Great article about access to pain relief. Don't miss the excellent video at the end about how our partner, Hospice Africa Uganda, makes oral morphine.

Lack of access to pain relief for dying patients is a "public health emergency", say experts.

Shipping out morphine for distribution to hospitals across Uganda with our partner, Hospice Africa Uganda. Nothing more ...
04/09/2014

Shipping out morphine for distribution to hospitals across Uganda with our partner, Hospice Africa Uganda. Nothing more beautiful than a fresh batch.

We're thrilled to welcome our new project manager, Seun Adebiyi, to the Treat the Pain team! You can read more about Seu...
04/02/2014

We're thrilled to welcome our new project manager, Seun Adebiyi, to the Treat the Pain team! You can read more about Seun on the "Meet Our Team" page on our website: http://treatthepain.org/meet_our_team.html. Please join us in welcoming Seun!

We had a great week in Swaziland, where we're starting a new collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the National ...
02/20/2014

We had a great week in Swaziland, where we're starting a new collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the National AIDS program.

New York Giants player Mathias Kiwanuka is taking on pain relief for people in pain in the developing world. Nice work!
02/11/2014
Relieve cancer pain in the developing world

New York Giants player Mathias Kiwanuka is taking on pain relief for people in pain in the developing world. Nice work!

Kiwanuka: If you saw the New York City skyline one week ago, you may have noticed that the Empire State Building was lit up blue and orange. You can probably guess it wasn’t for the Denver Broncos — it was for World Cancer Day.

Our second position is a Program Coordinator (Job ID #: 15359), also based in Washington, DC.
01/27/2014
Employment, Jobs, Career Opportunities | American Cancer Society

Our second position is a Program Coordinator (Job ID #: 15359), also based in Washington, DC.

How can you help create a world with more birthdays? Joining our team provides you with distinctive job opportunities to enhance who you are — as a career person, a community member, and a caring individual.

We're hiring for two positions here at Treat The Pain! The first is a Project Manager (Job ID #: 15360) who will be base...
01/27/2014
Employment, Jobs, Career Opportunities | American Cancer Society

We're hiring for two positions here at Treat The Pain! The first is a Project Manager (Job ID #: 15360) who will be based in Washington, DC with frequent travel. Check out the advert and share.

How can you help create a world with more birthdays? Joining our team provides you with distinctive job opportunities to enhance who you are — as a career person, a community member, and a caring individual.

We're in South Africa this week for the AORTIC-African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer-meeting. Jenna a...
11/21/2013

We're in South Africa this week for the AORTIC-African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer-meeting. Jenna and Chris are ready to get rolling!

10/31/2013
A Trip to Uganda with the NFL's Mathias Kiwanuka

Check out our new video with Mathias Kiwanuka on access to pain relief by Casey Neistat and featuring our partners Hospice Africa Uganda and the Uganda Cancer Institute. Then visit our website, www.TreatThePain.org for more information and to learn how you can help.

I traveled to Uganda with Mathias Kiwanuka, defensive end for the NY Giants and all around great guy. His family has deep roots in Uganda and he still has a ...

In addition to all of the other challenges in treating cancer in Uganda, basic quality of care limits access to the care...
10/29/2013
Uganda’s Neglected Epidemic of Breast Cancer

In addition to all of the other challenges in treating cancer in Uganda, basic quality of care limits access to the care and treatment that are available. How do we get past these basic hurdles?

Endless waits, drug shortages, inadequate facilities and the silence of victims are resulting in women with breast cancer being treated too late, improperly or not at all.

Abandoned in Agony: Cancer and the Struggle for Pain Treatment in Senegal-new report released by Human Rights Watch toda...
10/24/2013
Senegal: Thousands Urgently Need Pain Relief | Human Rights Watch

Abandoned in Agony: Cancer and the Struggle for Pain Treatment in Senegal-new report released by Human Rights Watch today. In Senegal, consumption of morphine is not enough to treat even 200 people.

(Dakar) – Tens of thousands of patients in Senegal suffer from excruciating pain every year without relief, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Unnecessarily restrictive government regulations and poor training for healthcare workers impede their effective medical treatment.

This article provides a nice overview of the misconceptions among healthworkers in India about morphine-and they are sim...
10/23/2013
‘TN not high on morphine for pain’

This article provides a nice overview of the misconceptions among healthworkers in India about morphine-and they are similar to those we see in other countries as well.

Tablets beneficial to cancer patients but misconceptions abound, say palliative care experts

Congratulations to our colleague and friend, Dr. Anne Merriman, who has just been named a recipient of Ireland's 2013 Pr...
10/16/2013
Winners of Presidential awards for Irish abroad named

Congratulations to our colleague and friend, Dr. Anne Merriman, who has just been named a recipient of Ireland's 2013 Presidential Distinguished Service Awards for the Irish Abroad for her work in palliative care in Africa. Congrats to Dr. Merriman and Hospice Africa Uganda!
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/winners-of-presidential-awards-for-irish-abroad-named-1.1559398

George Mitchell, Craig Barrett and Anne Merriman among recipients

09/22/2013
Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA)

Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA)

KEHPCA Feels the pain of the people of Kenya and all others, the lives lost, the families and friends grieving the loss of their loved ones, the pain and fear of those still held up in the mall. We continue to pray for the nation and are available to offer support especially in counseling of devastated families and friends.

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555 11th St NW
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General information

More than 2.7 million people die each year in moderate or severe pain without access to adequate pain treatment – even though the World Health Organization (WHO) considers morphine an essential medicine for the treatment of pain. Morphine is safe, effective, inexpensive, and easy to administer in resource-constrained settings. However, a web of barriers prevents millions of individuals from accessing pain relief and forces them to live and die with treatable pain. These barriers include legal and regulatory restrictions, weak health systems, inadequate training of healthcare workers, and misconceptions about pain and its treatment. Access to pain treatment is particularly limited in low and middle-income countries where approximately 70% of cancer deaths and 99% of HIV deaths in the world occur, but just 7% of the opioid analgesics are consumed. Cancer deaths are expected to double by 2030 and many of those deaths will be in developing countries with little to no access to adequate pain treatment.

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Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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