IASP-Supported Interdisciplinary Pain Management Workshop

Aug 29, 2019

As part of the 6th International African Palliative Care Conference, IASP Councilor Hellen Kariuki (Kenya) will lead a pre-conference workshop called Interdisciplinary Pain Management for Health Care Workers. IASP Councilor Mary Cardosa (Malaysia) will co-lead the workshop. The workshop is supported by IASP through an unrestricted grant from Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change. 


Pain is one of the most reported symptoms and prompts the seeking of healthcare for both acute and chronic conditions. Pain management is therefore central to good palliative care and the achievement of quality of life for adults and children with serious chronic illnesses.

Workshop goal

To boost understanding and sharing of lessons and experiences on pain concepts and the basics of interdisciplinary pain management for health care workers in Africa. The workshop will cover pain topics relevant to daily clinical practice, education and advocacy for pain management.

Workshop objectives

  1. To provide an impetus for pain practitioners in African countries to develop multidisciplinary pain management infrastructure or to enhance existing infrastructure
  2. To foster south to south and north to south collaboration in achieving pain relief in Africa
  3. To share best practices and patient level outcomes for pain management in Africa
  4. To share success, lessons and challenges in pain management education and advocacy in Africa

For more information on the workshop, please visit the conference website.