Berna Basemera, Programme Officer for the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) has written an article for ehospice Africa about the launch of the new national association in Botswana.
The association was registered in January 2013 as a non-profit organisation by a committed team of volunteers.
During the launch the Ministry of Health representative, Dr El Halabi, Deputy Permanent Secretary, commended the commitment of the executive committee spearheading the national association because she said that palliative care is the most neglected component in health care, yet it is very important. She promised that the Ministry of Health is committed to support palliative care activities in Botswana in close collaboration with the national association.
The national association will work and liaise closely with the Ministry of Health and health training institutions such as the medical and nursing schools, ensuring that the cascading of palliative care education continues. Furthermore, the association will also be expected to provide a degree of oversight to the operation and standard of care being provided within the hospices and other health care facilities providing such services.