Palliative care is a human right issue. Palliative care patients often face complicated legal challenges such as empowering others to make medical decisions, writing wills, protecting and disposing of property, planning for children and other dependents, and securing access to health and social benefits. People living with HIV and AIDS, in particular, may face discrimination in access to employment, housing and education due to the widespread AIDS-related stigma. Before consenting to participate in clinical trials for therapeutic drugs and vaccines, people with life-limiting illness may require legal advice or information about their rights as trial participants. KEHPCA is working with the hospices and palliative care units to address the gaps that already existing.
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