Mission: Millions of patients around the world are diagnosed with life threatening conditions or advanced stages of diseases such as cancer. The vast majority of them do not have access to care, including pain relief. The mission of IAHPC is to collaborate and work to improve the quality of life of patients with advanced life-threatening conditions and their families, by advancing hospice and palliative care programs, education, research, and favorable policies around the world.We achieve this by:*Facilitating and providing palliative care education and training opportunities for care providers *Acting as an information resource for professionals, health care providers and policy makers *Developing collaborative strategies for hospice and palliative care providers, organizations, institutions and individuals
Results: Through our website we provide a lot of support and information to help those who are starting to develop hospices and palliative care programs, enabling them with the tools and information they need.
Target demographics: advance hospice and palliative care for patients and their families
Direct beneficiaries per year: hundreds of hospice and palliative care workers around the world: 48 workers from 19 countries received scholarships to attend seminars and training sessions; other 60 participated in workshops in Managua on pain treatment, over 80 participated in workshops to develop palliative care curricula for undergraduate medical students in Colombia, provided support and guidance to countries in Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe, and much more!
Geographic areas served: Throughout the world
Programs: scholarships to hospice and palliative care workers, workshops with physicians and government representatives to improve access to treatment and care, developing awareness campaigns to improve policies and programs so that patients with life limiting illnesses receive the care they need.
IAHPC is a wonderful organisation which succeeds in fostering international development of Palliative Care on an extremely tight budget, thanks to the incredible amount of work performed by the people working for the organisation. I am proud and honoured to serve as a Board member for IAHPC.
My first contact with IAHPC was in 1993, when the Founder (Dr Josephine Magno from the Philippines) and her initial colleagues, visited me in Washington when I was trying to raise funds for the vision we had for palliative care in Africa. Since then I have watched this organisation grow, assisting people in poorer countries to bring relief to the suffering.
I was most surprised to be chosen as the first person to receive their Vittorio Ventafrida Award in 2002, as a recognition for initiating palliative care in Africa and Asia. This brought to me a gift of 2,000$ for my use. At that time our team was struggling with personal debts and growing families. They needed a credit union. The money went into the credit union and started it off. This has been run completely by the employees of Hospice Africa Uganda and gives relief from financial burden to many. Those on our team work very hard and under difficult circumstances to bring relief of suffering and suffer personal losses as they lose patients and support families through to bereavement.
IAHPC has supported students from poorer countries to attend our programmes for training like the Diploma in palliative medicine, conferred by Makerere University but owned by HAU.
As a Board Member, I am in a position to be part of decision making and to be privy to their accounts. I am quite convinced that this organisation makes a great impression on the spread of palliative care to the poorer areas of the world, and works with enormous integrity.