The World Health Organization, through its public health approach to palliative care states that the implementation of palliative care must be founded on appropriate government policies, adequate drug availability, education of health professionals and implementation of palliative care at all levels.
Central to the work of the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) are patients, their families and carers. They, and the millions of people who need palliative care but who are not fortunate enough to receive it, are behind that APCA does. Over the last year we have developed a new strategic plan with a vision is to ensure access to palliative care for all in Africa. APCA ascribes to the World Health Organization’s public health approach to palliative care development and the 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 & coordination in the development of palliative care awareness, policy, advocacy, education and quality improvement materials and resources tailored to the needs of Africa. African countries and organisations are receiving technical assistance in the adaptation of these resources.
The resources are being translated into French and Portuguese for use in non-English speaking countries. They are being used in Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The resources, tailored to the palliative care needs in Africa, have been developed through consultative processes with palliative care experts from within Africa and internationally and are listed below: