KEHPCA was excited to hold its 3rd Annual General Meeting on 28th of April 2012. This was held in Nairobi, with over 15 member institutions participating, despite the heavy rains; bad roads and long distance traveling for many of the participants. It is always good to come together and share our experiences, as well as catch up with the activities of the association. The Chairman’s report gave an overview of what has been happening in the field of palliative care across the country. Members and Friends of KEHPCA were pleased to hear that so much has been happening; but were also challenged that there was still a lot that needs to be done to make palliative care accessible and affordable to all who need it. Despite all the challenges of funding; human resource; lack of policies among others, the palliative care family in Kenya is determined to make sure there should be no more pain and suffering of patients and their families.
Board elections were conducted and one new board member, Dr. Ether Munyoro Cege was elected to be on the new board. The board members are: Dr. Brigid Sirengo (Chair); Dr. Christine Kisia –WHO (Hon Secretary); Mr. Faustin Mgendi of Coast Hospice (Honorary Treasurer); Mr. Paul Asige of Eldoret Hospice; Mr. Stephen Gitonga of Maua Methodist Hospital: Mrs. Roselyne Opindi of Kenyatta National Hospital Radio-Oncology, Mrs. Saraphina Gichohi of Nyeri Hospice; Mr. Peter Bunde-Legal Adviser and Dr. Ether Munyoro of Kenyatta National Hospital Palliative Care Unit.