Report: Abandoned in Agony – Cancer & the struggle for pain treatment in Senegal
Only 200 of an estimated 70 000 patients with conditions causing them chronic pain receive morphine treatment in the West African country of Senegal.
This Human Rights Watch report highlights the plight of Senegalese patients in need of palliative care. Morphine is an essential and inexpensive medication for treatment of severe pain, but Senegal only imports about one kilogram of morphine each year – enough to treat about 200 cancer patients.
Outside of Dakar, Senegal’s capital, the medication is not available at all, forcing severely ill patients to travel hundreds of kilometres only to find that even in the capital the reserves have been depleted.