Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) in collaboration with the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) conducted a five-day introductory course on Paediatric Palliative Care to various health care providers in Nairobi.
The training, funded by the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund was attended predominantly by paediatricians, doctors, medical officers and nurses from hospices and hospitals from around the country. The course facilitators came from the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) and were assisted by Dr Zipporah Ali, Dr Laura Oyiengo and Catherine Wangeci. On the final day of the training the group were encouraged to hear Dr Patrick Mburugu speak of how he and a nurse who received the same training in 2011 were inspired to start the very first children’s palliative care service in the north-eastern town of Garissa.
Participants were given an inspiring message and presented with certificates of attendance on the last day of the training by Professor Ruth Nduati, associate professor and Chair of the department of paediatrics at the University of Nairobi.