The awards seek to recognize individuals, institutions and professionals whose advocacy efforts at either the national, regional, or international level have improved access to palliative care in Africa.
The awards will be given to journalists, health ministers, institutions and individuals and will be judged by a panel of experts in advocacy and palliative care.
APCA Executive Director, Dr Emmanuel Luyirika, commented on the awards saying, “These awards provide a great opportunity to celebrate the individuals and institutions that highlight the human stories of palliative care. They are about the people who work tirelessly to address the needless suffering of people living with HIV, cancer and other non-communicable diseases across Africa.”
The awards consist of the following five categories:
- The Journalist Awards – first prize for the award is $1,500. Runners up will receive smaller cash prizes of $750, $500 and $250, respectively.
- The Media House Award – $500 will be awarded to the newspaper, radio, TV station or website that carries the winning report.
- The Public Health Policy Award for an African Ministry of Health – The winner of which will be awarded a distinguished plaque of recognition at the APCA/Hospice Palliative Care Association palliative care conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.
- The Institutional Advocacy Award – The winning institution will be awarded $750.
- The Individual Advocacy Award – The winner of which will be awarded $500.
All winners will also receive an all expenses paid trip to the 2013 APCA/HPCA conference to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa between 17th and 20th September 2013. The conference aims to bring decision makers, advocates, health care providers and patients together to help improve the lives of African patients living with life-limiting illnesses through innovation and dialogue.
Dr Faith Mwangi-Powell, Senior Programme Officer of the OSF’s International Palliative Care Initiative said, “As we navigate the changing health and development landscape, strong leadership in palliative care will remain the key ingredient in health and development negotiations. Working with APCA through these awards, we honor existing and emerging leaders through their advocacy and journalistic efforts.”