Dr. John Weru is an Assistant Professor of Palliative Medicine at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi (AKUHN). He is the leader of the Palliative Care Team at the Aga Khan University Hospital and the Chairperson the East African Palliative Care Steering Committee charged with developing palliative care services in the region within the Aga Khan Health Services. He is the chairperson of the board of Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA). Dr. Weru is a reviewer with the Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer and sub editor with the Open Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is the chairperson of the Hospital Ethics committee at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi.
Dr. Meshack Liru – Vice Chair
Dr. Meshack Liru is the head pediatrician at Homa Bay District hospital. He is the team leader of Homa bay palliative care unit. He is committed to reducing childhood mortality, morbidity and suffering both by providing high-quality patient care and through operational research on common childhood diseases.
He is currently the medical coordinator of research in childhood cancer and a co-investigator of research in malaria syndromic management and neonatal sepsis at Homa Bay District hospital.
Dr Liru is especially dedicated towards providing quality palliative care to patients with life limiting and threatening illness. He is key to training, networking and providing consultancy for patients who need palliative care in Homa Bay County and beyond.
He has been instrumental in establishing cancer treatment centre at Homa Bay County Hospital as well as initiating and continually creating awareness about paediatric palliative care. Many children with diseases like cancer, Sickle cell anaemia and other prevalent chronic childhood illnesses now have access to palliative care through the Homabay palliative care unit.
Faustin is the founder and chairperson of the Board of the Coast Hospice Coast Hospice. He is an accountant by profession holds Bachelor of Commerce Accounting option from Day Star University, currently pursuing MBA at Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) and also has 8 years of experience with Hospice Care. Faustin first hand experience with Hospice care begun when his mother sort palliative care. Faustin’s mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996. Being the first born, the responsibility of caring for his mother lay on him. His mother courageously accepted her terminal illness and decided not to go for surgery and instead opted to pursue palliative care. Faustin’s mother lived in Mombasa, but since there was no palliative care provider in Mombasa, she had to travel to Nairobi and in 1997 became a patient of the Nairobi Hospice.
That was the beginning of his involvement with Hospice care. Faustin’s mum was a Nairobi Hospice patient until she succumbed to breast cancer on 28th August 2000. In 2001, Faustin sought to bring hospice care closer to the people in Coast Province. Like Faustin’s mother other terminally ill patients from the Coast Province seeking palliative care, had to travel all the way to Nairobi. With an idea and a heart to add peace to the days of terminally ill patients, he recruited a palliative care team comprising of a doctor, clinical officer and nurse from the Coast General Provincial Hospital in Mombasa.
Faustin raised funds to allow the team to go for Palliative care training for health care professionals at the Nairobi Hospice. With the help of Hospice Care Kenya and other individual donors, the Coast Hospice was established. Faustin is also a founder member of the KEHPCA board and is the current Treasurer. He also works full time as an Enforcement Officer with the National Social Security Fund.
Mrs Ruth N. Were – Honorary Secretary
Mr. Peter Bunde – Member
Mr. Bunde is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds a degree in law from the University of Nairobi and diploma in law from the Kenya School of Law. He also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Nairobi and is a Certified Public Secretary. He currently works with NSSF in the legal department.
He joined KEHPCA in 2007 and got involved in palliative care when he was nominated to the board as Legal Advisor. He has since served enthusiastically offering advice on legal matters on pro bono basis. He was elected to be Vice Chair of the Board in 2011.
He attended a course in intellectual property and access to essential medicines at University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban South Africa sponsored by Open Society Institute in 2009 and remains to date an active advocate of access to essential medicines. He is a member of the Ministry of Health’s Opiods Task Force.
Saraphina Gichohi HSC – Member
Saraphina Gichohi HSC is a Kenya Registered Nurse with specialty in Palliative Care. She coordinates Palliative Care activities and Training at the Outspan Teaching and Referral Hospital, Nyeri. She is also the Director of Nursing Services in the Hospital. She holds a Higher Diploma in Palliative Care from Oxford Brookes University- UK and a Masters Degree in Palliative Care from the University of Dundee- Scotland.
Dr. Esther Munyoro – Member
Dr. Munyoro coordinates the palliative care unit at the Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi. The unit serves to offer palliative care education to all local healthcare workers. She is particularly interested in improving pain management for both adults and children, especially those with life threatening illnesses for whom a good quality of life is a priority. She has lectured in various venues in Kenya and hopes to get Pain and Palliative Care Curriculums offered to all healthcare workers in Kenya.
Mr Mohamud Jama Madhar – Member
Mr Jama is a businessman, former Councillor in the Municipal Council of Eldoret and former Vice Chairman of SUPKEM. He is the current Chairman of Eldoret Hospice.
Mr. Kiran Suthar – Member
Mrs Elizabeth Ndung’u – Member