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How APCA helps

APCA works to ensure terminally ill patients receive the specialist care they need, whether relief from pain and other symptoms or practical and emotional support. As the leader of the palliative care movement in Africa our work has a direct, life-changing impact for millions of men, women and children across the continent.

Education and training

Few health professionals in Africa have the skills to provide palliative care effectively. APCA helps to train health workers at all levels, from doctors to community care givers, ensuring they develop (and pass on to others) the skills and knowledge that will greatly improve the quality of life of their patients.

By teaching simple procedures, such as how to administer morphine to control pain effectively, we can significantly reduce the distress experienced by many terminally ill patients.

APCA also seeks to educate health workers about the holistic nature of palliative care, ensuring patients and their families receive the emotional and spiritual support they need when dealing with approaching death and bereavement.

Pharmacist Peter Mikajjo measures oral morphine in preparation for delivery to patients' homes

Changing policy

In many African countries palliative care doesn't feature at all in national health care policies. APCA advocates directly with governments to change this, encouraging them to commit more resources towards palliative care and make it a pillar of national health care provision.

Opioids are vital for effective pain control. Yet as controlled substances they are frequently subject to overly restrictive legislation that severely limits their availability for availability for medical use .APCA lobbies governments to establish new legislation which will ensure terminally ill patients have access to these essential drugs which can so dramatically improve their quality of life.

Thanks to APCA's advocacy work the Zambian Government
now allows to prescribe morphine in eight hospices,
the lives of hundreds of patients.

This advocacy work costs relatively little to carry out. Yet by effecting changes at policy level it can have a far-reaching, long-term impact, improving the lives of millions.

Palliative care for the future

APCA promotes the sustainable growth of palliative care. By establishing and supporting national palliative care associations we're instrumental in scaling-up palliative care throughout Africa while ensuring it's tailored to specific national contexts and needs.