Here we will post a selection of media relating to the Palliative Care Voices network and members. Omitted from this  page are the Palliative Care Talks episodes which can be found on their dedicated page (click here). 

Dr Tedros Video for Lancet Report Launch:

Dr Tedros appeared in this video to signify the launch of the Lancet Commission Report “Alleviating the Access Abyss in Palliative Care and Pain Relief”, mentioning meeting Palliative Care Voices founder Lucy Watts MBE.

Huyaam Samuels appears in The Why Factor episode on Pain:


Palliative Care Voices member and passionate palliative care advocate, Huyaam Samuels, appeared in a BBC World Service piece, an episode of “The Why Factor” on living with pain.

The full The Why Factor episode on pain can be viewed here –

There are then two clips from Huyaam’s interview that can be viewed separately; “Huyaam Samuels and her pain” ( and “Huyaam Samuels describes what it’s like to be treated for pain.” (

Direct Stakeholders’ words taken to the World Health Organisation Executive Board

Palliative Care professionals took the voices of two direct stakeholders, three Palliative Care Voices members’ words to the WHO Executive Board. These were the words of Lucy Watts MBE and Huyaam Samuels. Their words had a tremendous impact on those there. Following this, Dr Tedros, Director-General of the WHO, requested his details be passed onto Lucy so that they could speak, which took place a week later, in which Dr Tedros requested Lucy meet with him when he was next in the UK, which took place on 23rd February 2018 (see under the following below). Here’s a video of Dr Stephen Connor of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance reading out Lucy’s words.

Lucy Watts MBE’s meeting with Dr Tedros, Director-General of the World Health Organisation

On 23rd February 2018 Lucy met with Dr Tedros in London. Although their conversation was fairly brief, Dr Tedros had undoubtedly done his research as all the points Lucy wanted to make, he was already understanding of the issues and points raised, he listened to what Lucy had to say and both vowed to work together in future wherever Lucy could be of assistance to Tedros and vice versa.

Read more about it here:

Or here on Lucy’s Blog (Lucy’s Light):

Also, here is Lucy’s vlog of her day including meeting with Dr Tedros

Lucy Watts MBE’s Video – Is Palliative Care a Human Right?

Leanne Thompson – Rare Disease Day 2018

Palliative Care Voices member Leanne Thompson made this video for Rare Disease Day which can be watched by clicking here.

Press Articles:

Direct stakeholders demand palliative care as WHO chief calls for Universal Health Coverage

On World Health Day meet the young women demanding quality healthcare for everyone, everywhere

Huyaam Samuels: World Health Organization Executive Board must measure what matters and involve direct stakeholders in healthcare policy decisions

Strengthening the voice of direct palliative care stakeholders: WHPCA launches a call for grant applications

Lucy’s personal story of palliative care impacts the leader of the World Health Organisation

Huyaam Samuels: Patients, families and other direct stakeholders must be involved in palliative care advocacy

ICPCN Conference Wrap-Up

Huyaam Samuels: Compassion in action helps me to tackle university as a student with disability

Lucy Watts MBE on Palliative Care and Universal Health Coverage