The Organisation for the Prevention of Intense Suffering (OPIS) is a Swiss-based think-and-do tank I founded in June 2016, dedicated to preventing the intense suffering of all sentiet beings and to promoting this objective globally as our overriding ethical priority. OPIS is working towards this objective by carrying out research, developing educational and advocacy tools, facilitating exchange of information, carrying out creative campaigns, and other means. One of the first key areas of activity is promoting access to morphine for the millions of patients suffering from moderate to severe pain in lower income countries. OPIS is also working on a powerful visualisation of worldwide suffering by source, intensity and number of individuals affected, and more ambitiously, the design of blueprints for more compassionate governance and decision-making that meet the needs of all.
OPIS strives to optimise impact by preventing the intense suffering of as many individuals as possible, devoting effort to activities complementary to those of existing organisations. It values the prevention of suffering of all sentient beings, including both human and non-human animals, and considers that equal intensities of suffering matter equally, regardless of the species. The
The creation of OPIS was announced on Swiss radio station LFM (in French):