About Us

KEHPCA

Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care association (KEHPCA) exists to promote access to quality palliative care for all in need across the country. With over 15 years of dedicated advocacy for palliative care, KEHPCA is a powerful voice for persons living with palliative care needs (PLWPCN)

Millions of Kenyans with serious health related suffering (SHS), hard to cure and incurable illnesses are living and dying in agony because they lack access to pain relief medicines and psycho-social support. There is growing demand for palliative care services as the number of Kenyans with communicable and non-communicable diseases rises.

WHO defines palliative care as an approach that improves the quality of life of patients (adults and children) and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering, the early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.

KEHPCA uses a multisectoral approach to promote access to palliative care up to the community level. This is done by engaging various partners including; palliative care providers, Ministry of health, County Governments, development partners, communities and PLWPCNs.

Palliative care is a human right and every Kenyan in need should have access to it in line with the Kenyan Constitution, patients rights charter, SDG and UHC guidelines.

Our Vision

Quality Palliative Care for all in Kenya.

Our Mission

To promote and support acceptable, accessible and affordable quality Palliative Care for individuals and families by creating networks of informed and empowered institutions in Kenya.

Our Goal

To enhance provision of Palliative care and improve the quality of life of persons affected with life threatening illnesses and their families

Values

Our values are anchored by the words of Dame Cicely Saunders – Founder of the Modern Hospice movement “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.”

Excellence: We believe in continuous review of standards of palliative care services offered to PLWPCN with the goal of improving their quality of life
Compassion: We aim to positively impact the quality of life of PLWPCNs by ensuring provision of PC in a kind empathetic manner
Accountability: We take responsibility and provide good stewardship of all resources entrusted to us
Teamwork: We believe in working together, yet independently with all our stakeholders towards the same goal