Palliative Care Training in sub-Saharan Africa

This partnership aims to equip healthcare professionals and community healthcare workers in Kenya - and eventually across sub-Saharan Africa - with the knowledge and skills to provide patients with the best possible palliative care.

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The partnership involves refining and updating the national palliative care training curriculum for non-communicable diseases and other life-threatening illnesses. It will convert the national curriculum into e- and m-learning content and use it to train healthcare professionals and community health workers. It will also involve developing and maintaining a digital data collection, storage, access control, data security and management system for palliative care.

Sub-Saharan Africa is facing a staggering NCD burden which is expected to increase dramatically in the coming decades. There is an urgent need for high-quality and culturally-relevant palliative care services in the public healthcare system across the region, especially for cancer patients. 

The program aims to train at least 800 Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) and 500 Community Health Workers (CHWs), which will translate into improved care for over 100,000 patients and family members. 

The curriculum and its content have been developed, aligned with government policy, certified through relevant national and governmental procedures, and over 800 HCPs and CHWs trained so far.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Takeda

Partner(s) Amref Heath Africa, Kenya Hospice and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA)

Type of Partner(s) IGOs, Professional Associations

Therapeutic Focus Non-Communicable Diseases

Disease(s) Cancer

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Training

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Kenya

Start Date 2017

More information Access Accelerated Takeda - Access to Medicines

Anticipated completion date Ongoing