KEHPCA hosted a group of about 40 health care professionals, multi-disciplinary team that includes doctors, nurses, clinical officers, social workers and pharmacists to attend a one week palliative care course. Those trained will be on the forefront to initiate/coordinate palliative care within the ten level 5 and provincial government hospitals following a circular by the Ministry of Medical Services to integrate palliative the services offered by the hospitals. KEHPCA will continue to offer technical support to the government hospitals as they establish palliative care services within the hospitals. This a great achievement in the history of palliative care in Kenya. More patients will have access to palliative care and pain relief through services that are close to them. This initiative is a great measure of KEHPCA’s strong advocacy program.
The training took place at the Methodist Guest House and Conference Center, Nairobi as from 14th- 19th February 2011. Following the training, those trained underwent clinical placements in the hospices near their working areas.