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APCA launches new Strategic Plan

APCA launched its new 10-year Strategic Plan for 2020-2030 on saturday 10th October - World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.  

APCA launched its strategic plan for 2020–2030 on World Hospice and Palliative Care Day in October 2020. The plan is based on the vision to improve the quality of life for patients and their families in different contexts and at different stages of need for palliative and chronic comprehensive care services across Africa. The plan sets out four main objectives for APCA in the 10-year period:

  • increasing knowledge and awareness of palliative care;
  • strengthening health systems in Africa by integrating palliative care into them;
  • building the evidence base for sound practice in palliative care;
  • ensuring the sustainability of palliative care as a discipline.


Read more and download APCA's Strategic Plan 2020-2030 here. See our Get involved page for further details of the projects being undertaken by APCA during 2021/22.

COVID-19 resources

APCA has developed a page of resources on COVID-19 from across Africa which can be found on the APCA website.


There are also global resources on COVID-19 and Palliative Care, including a series of Briefing Notes which can be found on the website.

African health systems brace for wave of COVID-19 cases

Africa as a continent is ill prepared to deal with a pandemic of this magnitude. A Lancet modelling study of the preparedness and vulnerability of African countries against importations of COVID-19 cites 74% of African countries having an influenza pandemic preparedness plan with most of them being outdated (prior to the 2009 influenza A H1N1 pandemic) and considered inadequate to deal with a global pandemic. Read more on the ehospice website.

Essential Palliative Care Package for Universal Health Coverage

APCA has developed a tool that advocates can use in demanding prioritisation of Palliative Care at the national level. It is a brief and concise tool with a clear message targeting health gatekeepers and other providers of primary health care services. Developed by palliative care patients, activists and technical experts, with funding from the Open Society Foundations and Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa, it is a tool that programme planners and national UHC policy makers and implementers can use to quantify and cost palliative care within UHC. It is practical and can be adapted to specific local needs. Find out more here.

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