Tea break reading: African palliative care in the news

Categories: In The Media.

22nd March 2014 – 28th March

News and views:

Editor’s pick:

  • Global: Online survey on pain management in
    children around the world –
    The International Children’s Palliative
    Care Network (ICPCN) invites all health care professionals working with
    children to complete an online survey on the role of the organisations in
    the management of pain in children around the world. Africa
    edition of ehospice
  • Africa: An African palliative care ‘No make-up
    selfie’ –
    A trend has swept social media that involves posting ‘No
    make-up selfies’. The idea is to combine posting a photo of yourself with
    donating money to (mainly) cancer charities whilst at the same time
    nominating others to the same. Steve Hynd from the African Palliative Care
    Association writes for ehospice about the new trend. Africa
    edition of ehospice
  • Africa: World TB Day: the fight against HIV/AIDS
    is vital to a future without tuberculosis
    – Despite the staggering
    cost of lives due to co-infection between TB and HIV, we
    at PEPFAR, in conjunction with our partners implementing TB
    programs around the world, are encouraged to see progress over the past
    few years in combatting co-infection. AIDS.Gov.

Elsewhere in the news:

  • Africa: FHSSA to rename as they seek
    palliative care partnerships outside of Africa –
    The organisation
    formerly known as FHASSA has rebranded itself as ‘Global Partners for
    Care’ as it seeks to establish palliative care partnerships in countries
    not just in Africa. Africa
    edition of ehospice
  • Africa: Fourth Annual FHSSA Global Partnership
    Award presented to outstanding US and African partnership –
    Hospice Care and Nkoaranga Lutheran Hospital Palliative Care Program are
    the 2014 Award Recipients. PR Web.
  • Uganda: Iganga hosts World TB Day – Uganda
    Health spokesperson Rukia Nakamatte has revealed Iganga district is
    hosting the event under the theme “Reach the 60,000 TB Patients. Test,
    Treat and Cure all.”
    New Vision.
  • Uganda: The road to hope charity event hosted
    by Torrey Devitto benefitting the palliative care association of Uganda
    and the hospice foundation –
    Pretty Little Liars star and current
    ambassador for The Hospice Foundation, Torrey DeVitto, will host the Road
    to Hope charity event to raise money and awareness for this cause. PR Web.
  • Zambia: Four Seasons to host speaker from
    Zambia –
    All the way from Zambia, global health leader Njekwa Lumbwe
    is coming to Hendersonville as part of a cross-continental partnership
    with Four Seasons Compassion for Life. Blue
    Ridge Now


  • South
    Africa: Beating MDR TB – Koketso’s
    story –
    While TB is curable, MDR-TB is a condition appropriate for
    palliative care. This is the story of a young MDR-TB patient who was
    supported by a local children’s hospice to beat the disease. International
    Children’s edition of ehospice
  • South
    Africa: Tribute to Professor Leana
    Uys –
    The South African palliative care community, particularly the
    nurses associated with the Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA),
    were sad to learn of the death of this inspiring and generous leader. South
    Africa edition of ehospice
  • South
    Africa: Tuberculosis heroes – Victoria
    Mbhabhama had already lost one daughter to extensively drug resistant
    tuberculosis or XDR-TB. In khayelitsha, the township where she lives in
    South Africa, the disease is rampant. Then, last year XDR-TB struck her
    surviving twin daughter, Funiwe. She received treatment, but the drug
    regimine for XDR is extremely arduous. Watch on the South
    Africa edition of ehospice


  • Sub-Saharan
    Africa: Provider-initiated partner
    notification of HIV is potentially cost-effective in sub-Saharan Africa –
    partner notification for HIV effectively identifies new cases of HIV in
    sub-Saharan Africa, but is not widely implemented. Our objective was
    to determine whether provider-based HIV partner notification strategies
    are cost-effective for preventing HIV transmission compared with passive
    referral. We conducted a cost-effectiveness analysis using a
    decision-analytic model from the health system perspective during a
    1-year period.
  • South
    Africa: Assessment of the need for
    palliative care for children in South Africa –
    UNICEF and the
    International Children’s Palliative Care Network undertook a joint
    analysis in three sub-Saharan countries-Zimbabwe, South Africa, and
    Kenya-to estimate the palliative care need among their children and to
    explore these countries’ capacities to deliver children’s palliative care
    (CPC).  International
    Journal of Palliative Nursing

awards and events:

  • Global: #HPMGlobal twitter
     Join Jim Cleary on twitter at 3pm
    (East Africa Time) every Monday to discuss the latest global palliative
    care issues. Twitter
  • Global: 20th International AIDS Conference – The conference will be
    held from 20-25 July 2014 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition
    Centre, in Melbourne, Australia and will represent a tremendous
    opportunity to highlight the diverse nature of the Asia Pacific region’s
    HIV epidemic and the unique responses to it. International
    AIDS Society
  • Global: World Congress of Psycho-Oncology – The
    congress, which will be based around the theme of ‘Integrating
    phsycho-oncology into mainstream cancer care; from research into action’,
    will bring together experts from around the world to discuss new
    perspectives in clinical care, new data from research, innovative
    educational programs, advocacy, organisational issues and cancer policies.
    It is to beheld in Lisbon, Portugal from 20 to 24 of October 2014. International
    edition of ehospice
  • Global: African health forum – Astrategic
    meeting between african and international decision makers. Geneva 16-17th
    May 2014. AHF.
  • Africa: Find all the latest
    jobs in palliative care and related fields –
    Visit ehospice’s job site
    to see the latest jobs in palliative care. African
    edition of ehospice
  • South
    Africa: HPCA 2014 Conference – Who
    Cares? Improving patient outcomes –
    The conference will be held
    between the 15th and 18th September 2014 at the
    Lagood Beach Hotel in Cape Town. More details on the HPCA Conference
  • Kenya: The 4th Kenya National Palliative Care
    Conference 2014 –
    Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association
    (KEHPCA) is delighted to announce the 4th National Palliative Care
    Conference scheduled to take place from 12th to 14th November
    2014 at Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi. KEHPCA.
  • Nigeria: 54th Society of Physiotherapy Annual Scientific
    Conference and General Meeting –
    the sub-theme for this year’s
    conference is ‘The Role of Physiotherapy in Palliative Care for Terminally
    ill Patients’. It will take place in Asaba, Delta State between the 20th
    and 25th October 2014. NSP
  • USA: 2014 New York City Fund-Raising
    Reception for the African Hospice Initiative –
    Dr. Joseph O’Neill will
    be the featured speaker at this year’s Reception. Please join us to
    welcome this pioneer of palliative care and global health. We also will
    hear stories from the field from Val Maasdorp, the Clinical Director of
    Island Hospice Service in Zimbabwe. 22nd April 2014. AHI.

Because you’ve read this far….

Read this heart-warming
story of a giraffe mourning as a zoo keep dies of cancer. From
Daily News

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