Highlights: Celebrating Hospice Week 2014

Categories: Community Engagement.

Cape Town, South Africa

The Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) celebrated its 3rd annual Lace-Up for cancer event which took place at the Rondebosch Common in support for hospice week. The theme for this years event was once again “how crazy can you be for cancer?” giving participants the opportunity to come dressed in their most outrageous costumes.Each participants received a pair of colourful laces and could either choose to run 10km or walk for 5km.

Despite the cold weather conditions, participants came to show their support for hospice week.The morning started out with a minute of silence to remember those who are infected and affected by cancer. Costumes ranged from a competitive boxer to a sheriff in town. Last years winner, Louise Furmston who came dressed as a boxer almost took the title again but was narrowly beaten by Sally Singh who came dressed as a patient.

We are all looking forward to next years event…


Gauteng, South Africa

Thola-Ulwazi Home Based Care

The Door to door campaign on hospice were conducted by Thola-Ulwazi care-givers, Auxiliary social worker and the auxiliary nurse from the 06/05/2014 to 09/05/2014.The total number of households covered during this campaign was three hundred and forty five (345). The process of admission in the hospice and the services that covers by hospice to the community were also explained on these visits. There was a total of seventy one clients in two days for HIV counseling and testing that was carried out.

Hospice East Rand

On the 12 May 2014, Hospice East Rand held a special breakfast to acknowledge and honour their palliative care nurses.  The nurses each lit a candle and, led by Patient Care Manager, Sr Sheila Lebetle, recited the Nurses Pledge of Service. Each nurse received a special “Palliative Care Champion” badge and bookmark provided by HPCA.

The event was moving and beautiful and made us all proud to be part of the hospice movement.


North West Province, South Africa

Brits- Hartbeespoort Hospice

A networking relationship with AGRI-AIDS made it possible to visit farms and do I ACT educational sessions, informing the farming community regarding hospice care and TB screening were done.Informative sessions with Grade 12 learners of different schools in the area were held to make the youth aware of hospice care and this formed part of their activity to engage with a NGO according to the life orientation program.

At the Charity Shop we had an awareness table with information regarding Brits-Hartbeespoort Hospice.Curves Brits started a Food Project in aid of our hospice patients and we had the opportunity to give a talk to the ladies while they were exercising, by doing so we could promote hospice care and services.

FWC Hospice

Over the coming weeks and the following month, FWC hospice will be putting visual emphasis on how FWC staff and visitors can reduce the spread of infections by practising good hand hygiene.While it is a general practice that we take control of proper infection control measures, we will spent the week ensuring that all our stakeholders thoroughly understand and practice good hand washing techniques to minimise infections.

Promoting regular hand washing within the establishment is vital in reducing the levels of cross contamination that occurs within the workplace.Encouraging hand washing can reduce illness by 30 – 50%

FWC aim is to get to a point where every healthcare worker and visitor knows exactly when hand hygiene is necessary during client care to interrupt the transmission of potentially harmful microorganisms.



Maskey Health Services

Maskey Health Services celebrated hospice week in various activites. They included the Florence Nortdale nurses day candlelight nurses pledge, cleaning of nearby dumpsite for infection control and TB awareness where all caregivers went to nearby schools to educate the scholars about TB and infection control.


 Zululand Hospice

Zululand Hospice was privileged to host their wonderful partner Hospice, LifeTime Care from America during Hospice week. They visited patients and brought an extremely generous donation of supplies of all kinds. The highlight of their visit was the day the staff cooked a traditional Zulu meal and our thirteen visitors lunched on madumbies, sweet potatoes, mahewu, tripe and salads served in the Hospice House garden. Their visit also included a tour of Ngwelezane Hospital.



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