APCA ascribes to the World Health Organization's public health approach to palliative care development. Our mission is to ensure that palliative care is widely understood, integrated into health systems and underpinned by evidence in order to reduce pain and suffering across Africa.
In achieving the above mission, APCA has provided leadership and coordination in the development of palliative care materials and resources tailored to the needs of African patients and healthcare providers. These materials cover awareness, policy, advocacy, education and quality improvement in palliative care.
Electronic versions of the following resources can be downloaded for free using the links below, categorised according to publication language. Hard copy versions of these resources can be purchased from APCA at a fee ranging from $5 to $10 USD.
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Palliative Care for Women Living with HIV and Cervical Cancer (2013)
The information in this booklet is intended to help women living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) as well as cancer of the cervix, their families and others in the community who support them. Individual situations might require specific information other than what is provided here but this document provides a good start towards understanding the role of palliative care for women living with HIV (WLHIV) and cervical cancer, their families and caregivers and health professionals.
Palliative care for women living with HIV (2013)
The information in this booklet is intended to help women living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and others in the community who support them. Individual situations might require specific information other than what is provided here. This document provides a good start towards understanding the role of palliative care for women living with HIV (WLHIV), their families, caregivers and health professionals.
A framework of core competencies for palliative care providers in Africa (2012)
To guide the provision of quality palliative care services across the African region, the African Palliative Care Association (APCA)has developed a framework of core palliative care competencies that can be used by service providers, educators and other stake holders to guide programmes development. These competencies also provide useful guidance when designing and implementing targeted and effective education programmes in palliative care, aimed at producing highly competent care providers. This resource has been developed in partnership with AIDSTAR-One.
|Palliative Care Core Curriculum (2012)|
To contribute to the availability of basic knowledge and skills for the provision of palliative care in the African region, the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) has developed a competency-based core curriculum framework for use in introductory training on palliative care. The curriculum incorporates theoretical, practical, mentorship and supervision components that are critical to the effective application of knowledge in practice. This resource has been developed in partnership with AIDSTAR-On
APCA Standards for Providing Quality Palliative Care across Africa (2011)
They cover all aspects of palliative care based on primary, intermediary and specialist levels of service delivery. Five principles are covered: organisational development,; holistic care provision; children's palliative care; education & training,; and research & management of information.This resource has been developed in partnership with Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Guidelines for the Use of the APCA African Palliative Outcome Scale (POS)(2011)This guide provides a simple tool for measuring care outcomes for patients receiving palliative care. This guide walks you through the steps of using the tool, and how to analyse and use the data for improvement of patient care. Development of a children's version of the tool is underway. This resource has been developed in partnership with AIDSTAR-One.
Successful Advocacy for Palliative Care: A Toolkit (2011)
A guide for champions of palliative care across Africa, packed with advice for working with policy makers, the media and the public, to win support for palliative care provision. It provides useful frameworks for engaging governments to prioritise palliative care as an approach for health systems strengthening. This resource has been developed in partnership with DFID and Help the Hospices
Beating Pain: A Pocket Guide for Pain Management in Africa (2010)
A guide which targets clinicians to improve their knowledge & skills in managing pain in an African clinical setting. It pays special attention to children's needs. It is accompanied by a self-directed e-learning guide which supports ongoing education. A popular resource for training clinicians on pain management. This resource has been developed in partnership with AIDSTAR-One.
Guidelines for Ensuring Patient Access to, and Safe Management of, Controlled Medicines (2010)
These guidelines cover essential regulatory and administrative measures needed to achieve the essential balance for safely managing opioid medicines and access to patients. They allow policy makers, service providers and drug regulatory bodies to navigate the supply chain for class A drugs. This resource has been developed in partnership with True Colours Trust.
Palliative care : A Handbook of Palliative Care in Africa (2010)
Targeting the general population, including busy managers and administrators, to introduce them to palliative care. This comprehensive manual contains essential information on palliative care provision in the African context and includes children's palliative care. A useful resource for palliative care service planning. This resource has been developed in partnership with AIDSTAR-One.
Using Opioids to Manage Pain: A Pocket Guide for Health Professionals in Africa (2010)
A succinct guide to opioids for medical practitioners, this includes compelling justification for their use, myths about opioids, pain evaluation and how to use opioids to manage different levels of pain. This resource has been developed in partnership with True Colours Trust.