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Traveling Scholarships Program Report

Phanice Jepkemo

Travel date: May 18, 2017

Name of Meeting/Event/Activity: 15th European Association Palliative Care Conference

Origin: Eldoret, Kenya / Destination: Madrid, Spain


How was this meeting/activity helpful to you?

I was able to meet different people in the field of Palliative Care.  I gained knowledge that is both beneficial to me as a palliative care practitioner and also that which will benefit all I work with and those who receive my services.  I have built a professional network.  I got an opportunity to travel and experience a country I have never visited before it was a way of dealing with burn-out.

How will you new knowledge & acquired skills help in furthering your work in hospice and palliative care in your program/city/ or country?

I will disseminate information from a more factual and experience point, Palliative care unit has an opportunity to adapt to a number of the methodologies and practices that I learnt during the congress. I   will consult with my new peers/ network whose diverse opinion will come in handy from time to time. I will offer professional mentorship in our continuous educational programs 

How IAHPC Traveling Scholarship be improved in order to help other future traveling scholars?

I will disseminate information from a more factual and experience point, Palliative care unit has an opportunity to adapt to a number of the methodologies and practices that I learnt during the congress. I   will consult with my new peers/ network whose diverse opinion will come in handy from time to time. I will offer professional mentorship in our continuous educational programs 

Narrative summary highlighting the needs and challanges you face

In any practice, challenges are inevitable some of the main challenges we face here at MTRH Palliative care Kenya include:  Palliative Care is still not an important or well understood part of healthcare hence not much attention and funds is channeled to it.  Few individuals are professionally trained hence the few are overworked.  There is no sufficient Information on palliative at all levels from patients, care givers and healthcare providers.  Most populous are not insured and leave under a dollar a day, hence they cannot afford even basic of treatment let alone medication still the most needed drugs are not Availability from time to time.  In my capacity as a palliative care nurse who had an opportunity to travelled I intend to:  Be very adamant in Palliative care information dissemination to anyone who will care including policy makers because I trust that is where everything starts.  In addition to what is mentioned above, continuous in-house trainings (CMEs) will be very key as it will help with the issue of Overwork. Many healthcare givers will be able to do palliative care.  Our government has started to provide health insurance (NHIF) it may not be much but it comes along way. We will create awareness that everybody get this insurance, as it is affordable.  I will continue learning as there is new knowledge every day, I will also encourage team work beyond hospitals, towns, borders to enhance this noble practice of palliative care.


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