The event will be the fifth international conference organised by APCA, and the first time that WHPCA will host such an event.
The theme of the conference is inspired by the resolution: Strengthening of palliative care as a component of comprehensive care throughout the life course, adopted unanimously by UN member states at the 67th World Health Assembly in 2014.
The conference will facilitate the sharing of evidence, lessons learned, best practices and innovative approaches for accelerating the achievement of global, regional and national commitments on palliative care.
It will also focus on sharing strategies for greater access to palliative care by all those who need it, including access at the primary health care level and cross cutting areas such as research, monitoring and evaluation and sustainability.
Delegates will also take stock of the gains realised since the previous APCA conference, hosted jointly with the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) in September 2013.
This includes a pre-conference session for African Ministers of Health, following on from an inaugural Ministers’ session on palliative care held in Johannesburg, South Africa at the 2013 APCA/HPCA African Palliative Care conference.
At this session, Ministers unanimously adopted a consensus statement for palliative care integration into health systems in Africa.
The 2016 second African Ministers of Health session on palliative care will aim to share more recent global, regional and national developments in palliative care including the WHA Resolution.
Aim and objectives
This conference will bring together palliative care providers, patients groups, researchers, donors, development partners, government representatives and education institutions from Africa and across the globe to share best practices and research results with a view to improving access on the continent.