Held in March 2011, the conference Palliative Care: An essential part of medical and nursing training brought together country teams from ten Sub Sahara Africa countries to review progress on integrating palliative care into core curricula for nurses and doctors across Africa.
The conference was hosted by the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, together with the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) and Kenya Hospice and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) and was a follow-up to a conference on palliative care education and training held in Kampala, Uganda in 2008.
KEHPCA remain committed to promoting and supporting the integration of palliative care in health teaching institutions as this is the most effective and sustainable way of scaling-up palliative care education in Kenya, and we are pleased to launch the publication of the conference report, available for download below.
Dr Francis Kimani, Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Medical Services, Kenya officiated at the opening of the conference and highlighted the need for palliative care to grow further in the future, and called upon every institution represented to heed the call of improving care and quality of life to those with life threatening illnesses through education.
The ten country teams developed new action plans, following a review of those developed in 2008.