Funding hospice and palliative care partnerships globally

Scholarships for Palliative Care Training in Africa

Impact Area: Professional Development and Education
Impact Location: Africa

Tanzania has two doctors and 37 nurses per 100,000 people. That's only in one African country.*

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Briefly, what are you going to do?

Approximately 9.6 million people across Africa are receiving inadequate treatment of pain and need palliative care. Out of 53 African countries, only five countries have integrated palliative care into their health professional curriculum. Overall, Africa faces an extreme shortage of healthcare professionals.*

To help meet this need, Global Partners in Care is asking for your donation to support the following scholarships for healthcare workers in Africa to receive specialized training in palliative care. 

The scholarships:
1.Nursing Scholarship
2.Social Work Scholarship
3.Community Health Workers in Uganda Scholarship

After you make your donation, to select the fund you'd like to support,
you must enter the name of the scholarship (ex. nursing, social work or Uganda)
in the COMMENTS section below.
If you do not select a fund, the donation will be split evenly among all three funds.

Who are you?

Global Partners in Care, African Palliative Care Association (APCA), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Center for Hospice Care, and Palliative Care Association of Uganda have created scholarships funds to meet the need of specialized healthcare workers in Africa.

Tell me more about your campaign.

$10,000 raised will support two nurses, two social workers and a two Ugandan healthcare workers in a one-year specialized course. Each of these clinicians, with additional training, will be able to serve hundreds of patients throughout their careers. 

To give you an idea of the extreme need:*

  • Tanzania has two doctors and 37 nurses per 100,000 people.
  • Mozambique has three doctors and 21 nurses.
  • Cote D'Ivoire has 12 doctors and 60 nurses. 
  • South Africa has only one specialist nurse per 39,400 cancer patients.

What is the impact of your campaign?

The average cost for palliative care training in Africa is less than $2,500 per year. Make a difference in the lives of thousands of patients and families. Fulfill a social worker, nurse or Ugandan healthcare worker's dream of helping those in their community.

"Palliative Care though a relatively new concept in my area, is an effective holistic approach to care. Many patients and their families are made happy and they express gratitude to us, when their pain and other symptoms are controlled or patient ends in peaceful dignified death. It gives me and my team great satisfaction being there for them." Scholarship Recipient from Enugu State –South East-Nigeria

"I cannot underestimate how much I have gained from this course in terms of skills and professional development. I'll use this knowledge to foster training, advocacy and mentorship in Cameroon. The knowledge gathered about policy and social development equally places me in a better position to lobby and campaign for development of a national policy towards palliative care." Scholarship Recipient from Cameroon, Africa

*All facts and figures were provided in the African Palliative Care Association's July 2011 Special Report.