Kenya’s palliative care service provision and its integration into public health care system did not come easy. Most of those who have struggled to ensure these services are available started from very humble beginnings. The many hurdles those championing palliative care in the country have gone through have resulted in a splendid outcome of happy patients and caregivers. This is encouraging stakeholders to embrace research to build a local evidence base in palliative care within the country. For this to happen, those willing to conduct the research need more education and support to carry on with the exercise. Read the full report by Robai Gakunga about his experience at the 3rd Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association conference in the IAHPC newsletter.