The conference is convened every 3 years since 2004, this event brings together representatives of African governments, and about 500 delegates and speakers from over 45 countries including palliative care providers, direct stakeholders (users of palliative care services), civil society organisations, development partners, private sector, service providers, and advocates of palliative care and UHC from global and regional bodies such as WHO Afro Office, ECOWAS, SADC, EAC, the National Institution of Health (USA)’s Clinical Center, the Kings College London’s Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, the AU Commission, as well as other strategic partners, academic and palliative care associations and institutions from across Africa and beyond.
Countries get to share milestones and progress on their implementation of the May 2014 World Health Assembly (WHA) Resolution on Palliative Care, and take it as an important step in peer accountability for the the 2012 African Union Common Position on Controlled Substances and Access to Pain Medications.
This is the 7th in this series of conferences, and is co-sponsored by the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC), International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN), Global Partners in Care (GPIC) and Palliative Care in Humanitarian Aid Situations and Emergencies (PallCHASE).
The conference will be a hybrid (physical and virtual) event that will take place from 24-26 August 2022. The virtual activities will be run on a very agile online platform that will be accessible to all registered delegates while the physical sessions will happen in Kampala, Uganda.
The conference theme, Palliative Care in a Pandemic, reflects both the current reality of palliative care provision on the continent, the experiences of patients and providers over the last 2 years and the projected risks of emerging infectious diseases in Africa in the future. This demands a great deal of preparedness and creativity to ensure that whatever happens, systems and services exist for all patients, young and old, male and female, rural and urban and their families continue to get palliative and comprehensive chronic care services for both communicable and non-communicable diseases.
APCA conferences are renowned for being a very effective platform to disseminate key research findings, best practices, and the experiences of interdisciplinary teams of health workers, patients and their families and communities as well as a ground to anticipate emerging problems and design actions that ensure preparedness leading to uninterrupted palliative and comprehensive chronic care service provision.
This conference will also highlight the resourcefulness that we will all need to draw on now and in the future to ensure uninterrupted access to palliative care in Africa and in the global context.
- The African Ministers of Health 4th Session on Palliative Care
This session facilitates engagement of high-level leadership with African Ministers of Health and is set to motivate and renew commitment by African Ministers of Health to
- Development and implementation of in-country palliative care policies,
- Allocation of fiscal resources to palliative care.
- Procurement of essential technologies such as radiotherapy in their countries.
- Inclusion of palliative care and pain relief in UN high-level meetings on UHC and in their roadmaps towards UHC.
- Progress or attainment of the “Kigali Declaration 2019” on the 2014 WHA Palliative Care Resolution and integration of palliative care in UHC.
A press conference is scheduled on 14th August 2022 at a time to be advised. African Palliative Care Association