We are currently supporting 18 Hospices, Palliative Care Units and Training Programmes across Kenya, to provide quality palliative care, and train health workers and community volunteers.
We are supporting Busia Hospice to carry out home visits to patients. Busia Hospice covers a very large area and many patients are not well enough or cannot afford to travel the long distances to visit the hospice. Home-based care is essential.
Nyeri Hospice is training medical professionals in county hospitals to improve palliative care knowledge and skills within the health system, and to improve partnership with the hospice.
We are supporting Nairobi Hospice to train 50 Community Health Volunteers in Kawangware and Korogocho slums, giving some of the poorest patients in Nairobi access to palliative care. This year we are also providing partial sponsorship for nurses undertaking a Diploma in Palliative Care with Nairobi Hospice and Oxford Brookes University.
We are supporting Nakuru Hospice to train community health volunteers and health professionals in palliative care to build capacity across the county to meet the needs of people with terminal illness.
We are sponsoring students to complete a Higher Diploma in Palliative Care Nursing at Kenya Medical Training College, Nairobi Campus.
Ongata Ngong Palliative Community Care is working in rural pastoralist communities raising awareness of cancer and other life-limiting illnesses and palliative care, and reaching communities with outreach clinics.
With our support, Webuye County Hospital will train 10 Community Health Volunteers in palliative care to bring this vital service to local communities.
We are supporting Kimbilio Hospice to run their outreach programme, Tumaini Na Afya, meaning Hope and Health in Swahili. Our funds are supporting home visits to patients for care and bereavement support, as well as telephone support to patients and family members. Since the beginning of the year the project has supported 108 adults and 67 children with home-based care.
Laikipia Palliative Care Centre is working to extend services out into the community. So far they have trained 49 volunteers, patient care givers and patients in home-based care and nutrition. We are also supporting Laikipia Hospice in partnership with Nanyuki Cancer Support Group to train community health volunteers and assistants to raise awareness of cancer and provide patient care.
We are supporting Machakos Palliative Care Unit to train 30 health care professionals, including nurses, medical officers and social workers, at Makueni County Referral Hospital. This will improve palliative care provision in the county and facilitate referrals for patients to the palliative care unit, ultimately helping to integrate palliative care into the health system.
St Mary’s Medical Centre is carrying out home visits to provide home-based palliative care for patients and bereavement support for families. They will also train community leaders and volunteers in palliative care awareness.
We are supporting Malindi Palliative Care Unit to develop their programme of community services including home visits to patients and support groups. So far the project has supported 54 adults and 3 children through these services and support groups.
Defence Forces Memorial Hospital will train 120 medical staff in palliative care to improve palliative care provision and referral of patients, with our support.
We are supporting Bungoma County Referral Hospital to train 30 medical professionals to improve referral of patients in need of palliative care.
Taita Taveta County Hospice is receiving support to purchase essential drugs and morphine to provide this essential aspect of palliative care to their patients.
Siaya Roselyne Hospice will be training 40 community health volunteers to provide home-based care to patients.
Ruiru Sub-County Hospital palliative care unit will be training 20 health professionals and 20 volunteers to improve palliative care provision in the county.