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Antea Worldwide Palliative Care Conference

Rome, 12-14 November 2008

ABSTRACT FORM

Presenting author PALLIATIVE CARE TRAINING IN KENYA
Ali Zipporah
Authors (max 6, presenting author included): Ali Zipporah
Email:
zippy@kehpca.org

Phone The first hospice in Kenya was opened over 18 years ago. Despite this, palliative care is still a
new concept in Kenya. There are ten hospices and seven Palliative Care centers within hospitals
in Kenya. Four of these provide training for both health care and non health care professionals.
Mobile phone The types of training provided are: a one week Introductory Course to palliative care and an
eighteen month Higher Diploma in palliative care. There remains an unmet need for palliative
care (PC) due to lack of awareness on palliative care. Some of challenges to training and
education in palliative care are: inadequate funding for both recurrent expenditure and capital
Please underline the most development; inadequate number of qualified teachers for palliative care; brain drain for those
appropriate category for your trained; inaccessibility and unavailability for certain learning materials; lack of a standardized
abstract syllabi and curriculum for palliative care and time needed for health care providers to be trained.
There is less time allocated for PC training in medical schools where it is felt that the curriculum
• Pain and other symptoms
is already overloaded. There is limited integration and specialized training programmes.
• Palliative care for cancer patients KEHPCA has recently taken the lead in developing a national curriculum. The association sees
• Palliative care for non cancer the need to develop a national curriculum to address the issues of defining palliative care services
patients and establish levels of care and service delivery for palliative care providers; to standardize
• Paediatric palliative care materials used by various implementing partners in health care facilities; to provide a framework
for the evaluation of palliative care programs and to pave a way forward for the indicators that
• Palliative care for the elderly
currently lack from most of our data collection tools. Needs assessment survey. The process of
• The actors of palliative care
developing a national curriculum has began. A stake holders meeting to select a task force was
• Latest on drugs held and various existing curriculums were reviewed. The curriculum, once developed will be
• Pain rolled out through the Ministry of Health. There is definitely a need to integrate palliative care
into the core curriculum for health care professionals and non health care professionals as this
• Illness and suffering through would increase the number of health care professionals trained and also sensitize trainees at an
media early stage, thus paving way for a better attitude.
• Marginalisation and social stigma
at the end of life
• Palliative care advocacy projects

• Prognosis and diagnosis
communication in
different cultures
• Communication between doctor-
patient and patient-
equipe
• Religions and cultures versus
suffering, death and
bereavement
• Public institution in the world:
palliative care policies
and law
• Palliative care: from villages to metropolies

• Space, light and gardens for the terminally ill patient
• End-of-life ethics
• Complementary therapies Session: Palliative care – From villages to metropolies
• Education, training and research
• Fund-raising and no-profit Chair of the session: Dott. Laura Surdo, Dott. Faith M. Powell
• Bereavement support
• Volunteering in palliative care
• Rehabilitation in palliative care