African Palliative Care Association documents palliative care progress across Africa

Categories: Policy.

In the report, which is available to download on their website, APCA’s Executive Director Dr Emmanuel Luyirika commented on the advancement of palliative care in Africa saying, “There is good progress in palliative care policy formulation on the continent and in human resource development for palliative care, as well as in efforts to increase access to palliative care medicines and better service delivery.”

Dr Bernard Tei Dornoo, the Chair of the Board for APCA celebrated APCA’s role in this progress saying, “APCA facilitated activities across the continent, with several palliative care programmes supported in 23 African countries” saying that “APCA remains a global voice for palliative care in Africa.”

The Annual Report also includes a write up of the joint 4th Regional Triennial Palliative Care Conference for Africa with the annual conference of the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) that was held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The conference brought together 471 delegates from 34 countries. This included Ministers of Health and government officials from across Africa to participate in an inaugural pre-conference ministers-of-health that was hosted and chaired by Hon Dr Gwen Malegwale Ramokgopa, Deputy Minister of Health of the Republic of South Africa.

The meeting saw the development and adoption of a “Consensus statement for palliative care integration into health systems in Africa: Palliative Care for Africa”. The statement builds on the African Union Ministers of Health Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases, in which African governments committed to the integration of palliative care as well as the African Union common position on the use of pain medications.