Dr. Katherine Pettus is the Advocacy Officer at the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, a global charitable organisation based in the US. She holds a PhD in Political Theory from Columbia University, and a Masters in Health Policy and Law from the University of California San Diego. She is a trained hospice volunteer and graduate of the Metta Institute for End of Life Care. As IAHPC Advocacy Officer, Katherine works in Geneva at the Human Rights Council, the World Health Organisation; in Vienna at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, and in New York at the United Nations Open Ended Working Group on Ageing. Katherine calls for improved access to internationally controlled essential medicines such as oral morphine as a component of the internationally recognized rights to health for children, adults, older persons, and persons with disabilities, and to the right to be free from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. She advocates for human rights based policies on palliative care within the framework of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
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