The conference theme: ‘Spanning diseases, crossing borders,’ speaks to the wide reach of palliative care on the continent, as well as the challenges and solutions common across counties.

Ministers of Health from across Africa will meet today to show their support to APCA and HPCA who are recommending that policy frameworks be developed for the integration of palliative care into health systems.

A representation of Kenya at the conference include officers from the Ministry of Health, Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) and some hospices/palliative care units.

Highlights of the conference include plenaries and workshops on topics from media and advocacy in palliative care to legislation, human rights and access to medications.

ehospice editors from the South Africa, Africa and international editions, as well as conference delegates, will be tweeting live from the event. For up-to-the-second conference coverage, follow the conference hashtag #hpmafrica.

Dr Liz Gwyther, co-chair of the organizing committee, said: “HPCA are very proud to be joining APCA as they organize their 4th international conference. It is a great pleasure to welcome colleagues working in hospice and palliative care across the continent and to reflect on the growth in this important field providing care to millions of people in Africa suffering from advanced illness. I hope and anticipate that this conference will be inspirational in the sharing of best practices among many countries, both within Africa and abroad.”

Look out for coverage of the conference on ehospice this week.