This launch was attended by members of HPCA (Hospice Palliative Care Association), the District Department of Health, Provincial Department of Health, the three hospitals in the area (Greys, Northdale and Edendale), members of staff of Msunduzi Hospice and members of the Msunduzi Hospice Board. The chairperson of Msunduzi Hospice, Mr PeteJugmohan welcomed everyone present and Mr Andre Wagner (Chief of Party for the CaSIPO project) gave some background and information on the CaSIPO project. Of note in this presentation was the importance of main-streaming palliative care within the National Department of Health. That most international funding earmarked for health care in South Africa proceeds to beneficiaries through the Department of Health.The implementation of the CaSIPO project is leading to greater degrees of co-operation amongst Hospices and the Department of Health.
Andre highlighted the need for networking which results in an effective referral systems that will ensure continuity of care for patients as they are referred from one service provider to another. He ended his presentation with a reference to a patient story in which the value of care provided by care givers and hospitals was noted and appreciated, but what was lacking was much needed bereavement care (a key aspect of palliative care).Hospice care has something of value to add to patient care in South Africa. This needs to be shared. CaSIPO stands for Care and Support for Improved Patient Outcomes. Hospice care and palliative care can lead to these improved patient outcomes and this is the potential value in main-streaming palliative care. CaSIPO aims to achieve this.
The CEO of Msunduzi Hospice continued with a brief presentation on the value of networking and made reference to the Pietermaritzburg HeSSP forum (Health Strengthening through Strategic Partnerships Forum). This forum facilitates networking through regular meetings of interested parties which include the District Department of Health.The Revd Mary Moleko (retired Senior Tutor – principle- of the Edendale Nursing College
and me mber of the Msunduzi Hospice Executive) gave a moving address on the value ofnurses in honour International Nurses Day. Nurses who have made a significant contribution towards Palliative Care were presented with badges to mark this event where after they recited the nurses pledge to mark the occasion.Further networking took place after the event while all enjoyed delicious snacks prepared by the Msunduzi Hospice catering team.
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