City project

Integrating palliative care into the cancer care continuum

Asuncion takes crucial steps to expand and improve the quality of palliative care
Completion as of Mar 31, 2023
Project lead
Dr Leticia Viana

The challenge

During the needs assessment phase in Asuncion, several key barriers to the achievement of effective, equitable cancer care were identified. These included the lack of integration of palliative care services into the cancer care continuum, the scarce availability of palliative care drugs, and the need to educate providers, users, family members and the community. 

At the same time, the assessors noted a lack of content on the subject of cancer care in training programmes and the absence of competencies to provide supportive care and pain relief. Similarly, there is an absence of regulations and training programmes for specialists and limited development of other postgraduate programmes, including those dedicated to the preparation of multidisciplinary groups for the care of cancer patients.

The goal

To improve access to quality palliative care for cancer patients.  


An interdisciplinary team was formed to develop the National Palliative Care Plan for Paraguay 2022-2030 and to implement a palliative care course for primary healthcare professionals, with the support of international experts from the Latin American Palliative Care Association (ALCP). Furthermore, Asuncion participated in the development of the Manual del Curso Basico de Cuidados Paliativos para Latinoamerica (Manual for Basic Instruction in Palliative Care for Latin America). 

Impact / Achievements

The project has received the support of Paraguay’s Ministry of Health, which has helped to develop the curriculum for virtual and in-person training.


  • National Palliative Care Plan
  • Palliative care training course


Project Lead
Dr Leticia Viana
Project team
Dr Roberto Reichert
Dr Christian Campi
Dra Jazmin Servin
Dra Patricia Gimenez (consultora)

Stories from our cities

View all
Asuncion, Paraguay

Readiness for Access to Breast Cancer Oncology Medicines in Paraguay

Asuncion, Paraguay

Strategic plan for the development of nuclear medicine for the public health sector in Asuncion

Asuncion, Paraguay

Integrating palliative care into the cancer care continuum

Asuncion, Paraguay

Multidisciplinary treatment of colorectal cancers and paediatric leukaemia

Asuncion, Paraguay

Multidisciplinary treatment of breast and cervical cancers

Asuncion, Paraguay

Improving access to quality radiotherapy in Asuncion

Asuncion, Paraguay

Strengthening the capacity and quality of pathology diagnostics in Asuncion

Cookie notice

This website uses its own and third-party cookies to improve the browsing experience. Read the Cookies Policy.