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APCA UK raises funds for APCA’s life-changing work across Africa, through grants from trusts and charities and sponsorship from individual supporters. We also promote awareness of the urgent need for palliative care in Africa, to relieve the pain and suffering of people with life-limiting illnesses. It’s the kind of care we’d choose for ourselves and our families. Help us ensure that everyone can receive it. More
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Funding palliative care

Funding palliative care

The year 2014 saw the momentous occasion when the WHA Assembly passed a resolution which commits member states to integrate palliative into their national health systems as well as reviewing legislation and policies to ensure that this happens. Read more
APCA board members undergo training on good governance

New palliative care scholarships for nurses and social workers

APCA, in partnership with Global Partners in Care, is providing a limited number of scholarships for palliative care training opportunities. Application guidelines for 2015 available here. Read more
Uganda’s draft national palliative care policy endorsed by MoH

How can palliative care help TB patients in Africa?

APCA Executive Director, Dr Emmanuel Luyirika, addresses the role of palliative care in addressing the millions of African patients and families affected by TB. Read more
Palliative Care Development in Africa: Small Grants Programme

A Pain Unit with insufficient medicines for pain: the pain of health professionals in Mozambique

"We have our pain ourselves. Sometimes we cry with the patients. By the time a patient comes to the pain unit, they expect something different..." Dr Emilia, Pain Unit, Maputo Central HospitalRead more
Excellence in palliative care in Africa

The Moroccan experience in palliative care

In recent years, Morocco has taken significant strides to incorporate palliative care into its services. Read this report by APCA board member Mati Nejmi, MD, to learn how. Read more

"My life was gone but they brought me hope"

The reality of diseases such as cancer and HIV and AIDS in Africa is that many millions of adults and children lose all quality of life and suffer long, painful deaths. This suffering is completely unnecessary and by promoting palliative care the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) aims to stop it.

"I've been taking morphine since 2007," says Anne Nakate (left, centre) who has a lemon-sized cancer tumour behind her ear. "The nurses work with me to manage my pain. My life was gone but they brought me hope. Now I can continue with my daily activities, move around, eat. My life is back."

That's what palliative care does. By providing specialist support for people with illnesses from which they won't recover it restores dignity and prevents unnecessary suffering. It can also give people back their lives - with the right treatment many can live fulfilling and productive lives for years to come. Palliative care is the kind of care we'd all want for ourselves and our families. But many millions of people in Africa who need this care don't get it. Together we can make sure they do.