The Ministry intends to expand children’s palliative care services to district hospitals and will monitor the provision of children’s palliative care in central hospitals, as well as in the community.
According to the WHPCA Global Atlas on Palliative Care at the End of Life, Malawi is considered to have preliminary integration of palliative care into the health system; palliative care is part of health professional training, and is included in the country’s HIV and AIDS health policy. This specific focus on palliative care for children is a new development.
Kate North, Hospice UK international programmes manager, said: “This is a great success and a testament to the hard work all those working to improve children’s palliative care in Malawi.
“We are delighted that our two country project, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development, has demonstrated the importance of children’s palliative care, and has been a catalyst to ensuring more children can receive the care they need.”
This article was originally published on the ehsopice Africa ediiton