The meeting was coordinated by the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) and was funded by the International Palliative Care Initiative; The Open Society Foundations (IPCI/OSF).
There were representatives from Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania,Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The main objective of the meeting was to agree an advocacy agenda/strategy for the African region which would guide programme development, implementation and measuring outcomes in palliative care for the next ten years.
Writing for ehospice Africa, Vincent Kawooya from APCA explains how it is “essential” for the leaders of national associations to come together to “stock take” the advocacy strategies that they have each been using.
Vincent explains how the leaders “were able to share updates of their work in terms of advocacy [and] advocacy strategies implemented in the past, including what worked well and what did not work, achievements, challenges, lessons and recommendations as well as proposed new innovations for palliative care advocacy.”
The meeting also provided an opportunity for discussion and reflection on changes and developments in global health, and how these will affect any future health planning and interventions, including palliative care, and on the future of national and regional palliative care associations.