I regard universal health coverage as the single most powerful concept that public health has to offer. It is inclusive. It unifies services and delivers them in a comprehensive and integrated way, based on primary health care.
Margaret Chan – Former WHO Executive Director
Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) is pleased to host its 5th National Palliative Care 2018 Conference: Investing in Palliative Care for Universal Health Coverage (UHC). This will take place at the Laico Regency, Nairobi, Kenya, from Wednesday 7th to Friday 9th November 2018. The conference aims to bring together delegates from all parts of Kenya, Africa and around the world who are from all professions working with both children and adults with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions, as well as palliative care beneficiaries, care givers and policy makers. The conference will provide an opportunity for all delegates to exchange knowledge, share new and innovative ideas, research and experiences.
The conference will attract key note speakers from around the globe and will provide great opportunities for professional development and networking. The conference will begin with a full day of exciting pre-conference workshops on 7th November 2018.
Why are we focusing on Universal Health Coverage?
UHC means that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. It includes the full spectrum of essential, quality health services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care.
UHC enables everyone to access the services that address the most important causes of disease and death, and ensures that the quality of those services is good enough to improve the health of the people who receive them.
Protecting people from the financial consequences of paying for health services out of their own pockets reduces the risk that people will be pushed into poverty because unexpected illness requires them to use up their life savings, sell assets, or borrow – destroying their futures and often those of their children.
Achieving UHC is one of the targets the nations of the world set when adopting the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. Countries that progress towards UHC will make progress towards the other health-related targets, and towards the other goals. Good health allows children to learn and adults to earn, helps people escape from poverty, and provides the basis for long-term economic development.
WHO Universal Health Coverage Fact Sheet 2017
We welcome you all to Nairobi to work together towards achieving UHC that includes palliative care for all in need irrespective of which part of the world they live.
Where you live should not determine whether you live, or whether you die.
Dr. Zipporah Ali – Executive Director