National Policy Framework and Strategy on Palliative Care 2017-2022
This Policy Framework and Strategy was approved by the National Health Council in 2017.
Palliative care brings dignity, reduces pain and suffering, and enables children and adults diagnosed with a lifethreatening disease or condition to live a quality life for as long as possible. With the large disease burden we have in South Africa, we cannot overlook the importance of integrating palliative care as an essential component in the continuum of health service delivery. I am confident that the implementation of this National Policy Framework and Strategy on Palliative Care 2017-2022 will not only increase life expectancy but will enhance the quality of the lives of children and adults who require palliative care services.