The Mexican Foundation for Palliative Medicine and Pain Relief in Cancer (FMMP), a non-profit organization, began in 1992.
Years before, Dr. Gustavo Montejo Rosas had identified that adult patients with end-stage disease - mainly oncological diseases, non-transplantable organ failure, degenerative neurological diseases, and others - died with pain. He had realized the need for the use of powerful analgesics to help reduce the pain as these drugs were already used in other parts of the world, particularly morphine. There was no palliative care service in hospitals in Mexico.
In 1992 the first service that provided such care was formed in the New Civil Hospital of Guadalajara "Dr. Juan I. Menchaca," which to this day continues in operation.
Since 1990, Dr. Montejo had realized that there was no follow-up of the palliative patient once the patient left the hospital and that the demand for palliative care was greater day by day. This is how the idea of creating a foundation that provides the opportunity to serve terminally ill patients at home was born.
On August 21, 1992, in the company of several doctors, staff of the New Civil Hospital of Guadalajara "J. I. Menchaca ”and several volunteers, they formed the Mexican Foundation for Palliative Medicine and Pain Relief in Cancer (FMMP), a non-profit organization. This marked the beginning of teamwork, committed to the home care of terminally-ill patients who required palliative care. The home care team was made up of doctors, nurses, psychologists, nutritionists, social workers, and volunteers.
During the period from 1992 to 2005, they were able to provide care to 2,500 patients in their homes. Between 1994 and 1997, consecutively, the FMMP participated in the "International Congress on Pain and Palliative Medicine" organized by the Mexican Association for the Study and Treatment of Pain (AMEDT).
In 2002, the FMMP organized in Guadalajara, Jalisco the "First Congress of the Latin American Association of Palliative Care", with the support of the New Civil Hospital of Guadalajara "Dr.Juan I. Menchaca" and the Mexican Association for the Study and Treatment of Pain (AMEDT), managing to summon 180 health professionals from different countries such as Argentina, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Uruguay, the United States, Canada, Ecuador, Cuba, Peru, Venezuela, and Mexico.
In 2010, Dr. Montejo designed and taught the "Certificate in Medicine and Palliative Care" endorsed by the University of Guadalajara, as part of the activities of the FMMP. Until 2016, nine editions of this course have been held, with the same number of graduating classes.
On December 9th, 2014, finally after countless efforts by Dr. Montejo, a great team of institutions and doctors had a great achievement, that day the Official Mexican STANDARD NOM-011- SSA3-2014, Criteria for the care of terminally ill patients through palliative care, was published in the Official Publication of the Federation . This Mexican Official Standard (NOM) indicates that patients with end-stage disease have the right to receive palliative care and the obligation for health institutions to provide this care.
Currently those of us who are part of this institution remain committed to the work of our founders and the philosophy of dedicating all our effort so that all Mexicans who require it have a dignified life without physical or emotional pain at the end of their lives.