Mishawaka IN – Global Partners in Care (GPIC), in collaboration with the African Palliative Care Association (APCA), are raising funds and raising awareness this #GivingTuesday, November 27 to expand palliative care opportunities for health care providers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Palliative care is the best – and often only – option available for individuals and families in this area of the world who are facing serious illness and death.
“The burden of diseases that need palliative care continues to increase and yet there are very few trained care providers. Your support is needed in order to expand service,” said a recent scholarship recipient.
The partnership between the organizations typically funds three or four nurses and social workers to be trained per year, however, the need for such workers far exceeds that output. It is estimated that worldwide, only 14 percent of people in need of palliative care receive it. This number may be much lower in countries that face a critical shortage of healthcare workers in general. That is why on #GivingTuesday, both organizations are committed to raising funds for this life-changing cause.
The goal is to raise ten thousand dollars which will allow the program to double the amount of scholarships that will be funded in the next year. Each scholarship provides formal training in palliative care and equips each healthcare worker with the much-needed skills to handle patients with life-limiting illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and cancer. These scholarships align with GPIC’s mission to expand the availability of hospice and palliative care in Africa and globally.
To donate: please visit the GPIC website.
Global Partners in Care supports access to compassionate care by establishing collaborative partnerships, supporting research and education, and raising awareness of the global need for access to essential hospice and palliative care services. Driving all of our efforts is an unswerving commitment to extending compassion and reducing suffering among those in need. For more information, visit GlobalPartnersinCare.org.
The African Palliative Care Association is a pan-African organization that ensures that palliative care is widely understood, integrated into health systems at all levels and underpinned by evidence in order to reduce pain and suffering across Africa. They work collaboratively with existing and potential providers of palliative care services to help expand service provision (although they don’t provide direct clinical care to people living with progressive, life-limiting illnesses). They also work with governments and policymakers to ensure the optimum policy and regulatory framework exists for the development of palliative care across Africa. For more information, visit AfricanPalliativeCare.org.