A free online training programme in palliative homecare has been launched in South Africa to help alleviate the impact of reduced access to formal health services during COVID-19.
The programme is for health professionals, caregives and family members and teaches basic palliative care skills, so that the patient can be cared for in the community. The training will support attendees in navigating the difficult decisions around patient care; what support, equipment, and medication (for symptom control) needs to be in place for patient homecare and how to manage the common symptoms at the end of life in the home environment.
The training has been developed by the palliative care workstream with the NIHR-funded ASSET research unit, which focuses on health system strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa. Registration to attend the training is open until the end of April 2021.
Full details of the training are available on the University of Cape Town website.