Palliative Care Leaders in Developing Countries

2013; Volume 14, No 4, April

Palliative Care Leaders in Developing Countries

This section features participants to the International Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) and the International Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program at the Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, under the leadership of Doctors Frank Ferris, Shannon Moore and Holly Yang.

We have created this space in our Newsletter to recognize their work, effort and commitment to improving palliative care in their countries.

Hanneke Dippenaar-Brits, MD

I'm an Associate Professor in Family Medicine at the University of the Free State, in Bloemfontein South Africa. I train Medical and Allied Health Students in communication, teamwork, Inter-professional teaching and Palliative Care. I'm responsible for Pediatric services in the district hospital where we treat a lot of HIV positive children. I'm the Medical Director of Sunflower Children's Hospice.

During the LDI course, I enrolled for a Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education and graduated in June 2012. I also started with inter-professional training rounds and accredited it for CME.

Last year I started to integrate Pediatric Palliative Care as part of normal hospital care for all children in need of Palliative Care.

I also assisted with a formal training programme for Home Based Care and another programme for Professionals in Pediatric Palliative care.

To learn more about Hanneke, visit the International Palliative Care Resource Center website at

Lilian R. Hidalgo, MD

Lilian Hidalgo, MD is a Geriatrician at OncoSalud in Lima, Peru. She provides technical assistance on palliative care to healthcare professionals throughout Peru. In 2010, she was an International Visiting Scholar at San Diego Hospice and the Institute for Palliative Medicine. She began her fellowship training in 2011.

Dr. Hidalgo is Vice President of the Peruvian Society of Palliative Care, Coordinator of the Palliative Medicine Chapter of the Peruvian Society of Geriatricians, and Founding Partner and Past President of the Peruvian Naval Medical Corps, the first medical corps in a military institution in Peru. She is Chair of the Scientific Committee in Spanish, International Palliative Care Network. She also has teaching appointments at various universities in Lima.

Dr. Hidalgo is committed to establishing Palliative Care units in Peru’s major hospitals, and is particularly interested in increasing the understanding of palliative care among healthcare professionals in Peru.

To learn more about Dr. Hidalgo, visit the International Palliative Care Resource Center website at

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