We are currently supporting 22 Hospices, Palliative Care Units and Training Programmes across Kenya, to provide quality palliative care, and train health workers and community volunteers.
Coast Hospice in Mombasa is providing care to patients with our support towards home visits, day care and the purchase of essential medicines and medical supplies. We will also support Coast to train 60 community health volunteers in 2022.
Cheptais Sub County Hospital is training over 100 community health volunteers and health workers to strengthen community palliative care services in the north of Bungoma County.
We are supporting Homa Bay Palliative Care Centre to build capacity and awareness of palliative care within the county health system by training 100 health workers across the county.
We are supporting Laikipia Hospice to purchase essential medicines and visit patients to provide home-based care. We are also supporting Laikipia Hospice in partnership with the Community Awareness Volunteers of Nanyuki Cancer Support Group to raise awareness of cancer in the local community and to provide care to patients in their homes.
Nyeri Hospice is providing home-based care to patients through regular home visits with our support.
This year we are providing partial sponsorship for nurses undertaking a Diploma in Palliative Care with Nairobi Hospice and Oxford Brookes University. We are also sponsoring students to complete a Higher Diploma in Palliative Care Nursing at Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC), Nairobi Campus.
We work closely with the Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA), which promotes the development of palliative care services in Kenya through advocacy, advice and training. We are supporting KEHPCA to train 8 nurses as palliative care leaders, who will go on to provide training workshops for over 100 nurses and health workers. In 2022 we will be supporting KEHPCA to develop resources on the role of palliative care in a range of health conditions in an effort to develop a minimum palliative care package for inclusion in Universal Health Coverage.
We are working with Hope For Cancer Kids to cover the cost of basic health insurance for children from disadvantaged families who have been diagnosed with cancer. This enables them to access curative cancer treatment, increasing their chances of survival.
We are working with Kendu Adventist Hospital to train 25 health staff in palliative care to increase awareness of the services and improve patient care and referrals in the west of Homa Bay county.
With our support Kitui Palliative Care Unit is improving patient care in the county by providing home-based care and training patient carers.
We are supporting Malindi Palliative Care Unit to develop their programme of community services including home visits to patients, support groups and to develop a new paediatric support group. We are also supporting Malindi PCU to sustainably develop palliative care in Kalifi County by supporting them to train Community Health Volunteers, community leaders, rural health workers and hospital health workers.
We are supporting Meru Hospice and Nyahururu Hospice with the purchase of essential medicines and to provide home-based care to patients through home visiting.
With funds from our 2020 BBC Radio 4 appeal we are supporting St. Mary’s Medical Centre in Eldoret, Wamba Palliative Care Unit in Samburu County, Machakos Palliative Care Unit, Marsabit County Referral Hospital, Kilifi County Referral Hospital and Taita Taveta Hospice to train over 275 community health workers and volunteers.
Funded with UK aid from the UK government, we are working in partnership with Ongata Ngong Palliative Community Care, Nairobi Hospice and Siaya Roselyne Hospice to improve the lives of people affected by cancer and life-limiting illness through the development of community-based palliative care in Siaya, Kajiado and Nairobi.