You, our members, are IAHPC's most important and cherished resource. To celebrate your successes, extend your collective knowledge base, and aid in your networking, we are pleased to introduce "Members' Impact." This ongoing column will list the accomplishments of our members in the field of palliative care.
It will include:
Tell us what you have achieved, or alert us to the achievement of another IAHPC member, by contacting me, Genevieve Napier, IAHPC Programs Officer.
Wachuiri MW. How to Integrate Palliative Care Into Primary Health Care. Sociology Study 2020; 10(3): 123-140. DOI: 10.17265/2159-5526/2020.03.002
This article by Mercy Wanjiku Wachiuri of Kenya, who has been a member since 2014, was published in the May/June issue of Sociology Study.
[condensed abstract] Integration of palliative care into primary health care will have a substantial positive impact on health care in Nakuru County, Kenya. Consequently, palliative care should be given to the 60% of the population that suffers from cancers and chronic illnesses; only 20% have access. While palliative care focuses on holistic care (physical, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects), primary health care operates on the principles of equity, solidarity, universal access to services, multisectoral action, social justice, centralization, and community participation. They share similarities, as the latter is based on practical, scientifically sound and socially accepted methods and technology... Universal Health Coverage ensures that all people and communities have access to promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative, and palliative health services, of sufficient quality to be effective while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the users to financial hardships... Geographical challenges, staff shortages, and lack of palliative care knowledge are the main barriers to provision of care.
Boufkhed S, Namisango E, Luyrrika E, Sleeman KE, Costantini M, et al. Preparedness of African Palliative Care Services to Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic: A rapid assessment. J Pain Symptom Manage. Available online September 15, 2020. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.09.018
Eve Namisango of Uganda has been a member since 2013.
[condensed abstract] To evaluate the preparedness and capacity of African palliative care services to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we designed a cross-sectional survey emailed to the 166 African Palliative Care Association’s members and partners and performed a descriptive analysis of the 83 responses from 21 countries.
Most services had at least one procedure for the case management of COVID-19 or another infectious disease (63%). Respondents reported concerns over accessing running water, soap and disinfectant products (43%, 42%, and 59% respectively), and security concerns for themselves or their staff (52%). Two in five services (41%) did not have any or make available additional Personal Protective Equipment. Most services (80%) reported having the capacity to use technology instead of face-to-face appointment, and half (52%) reported having palliative care protocols for symptom management and psychological support that could be shared with non-specialist staff in other health care settings.
Our survey suggests that African palliative care services could support the wider health system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic with greater resources such as basic infection control materials. It identified specific and systemic weaknesses impeding their preparedness to respond to outbreaks. The findings call for urgent measures to ensure staff and patient safety.
The IAHPC leadership would like to thank the many members who participated in stories and columns in this month’s newsletter.
Ebtesam Ahmed, member since 2014, joined the IAHPC Board of Directors in 2019 and participated in the Global Palliative Care and COVID-19 Briefing Notes.
Eve Namisango, member since 2013, joined the IAHPC board in 2019, and participated in the Global Palliative Care and COVID-19 Briefing Notes.
Links to IAHPC programs mentioned above: Consensus-Based Definition of Palliative Care, Global Palliative Care and COVID-19 Briefing Notes, Global Palliative Care Database, and Opioid Price Watch
Thank you to all our members. We are a stronger association because of your dedication and support.
Individuals who joined, or renewed their membership with, IAHPC during the past month as a list and also a pie chart to show you the current geographic spread.
|Sandra Dolores Becker||Brazil|
|Near North Palliative Care Network||Canada|
|Alexandra Tatiana Fernandez Davila||Ecuador|
|Stanley C Macaden||India|
|Martyarini Budi Setyawati||Indonesia|
|Phanice Jepkemoi Tom||Kenya|
|Eugenia Lopez Romboli||New Zealand|
|Nineth C. Baltodano Algaba||Nicaragua|
|Noel P Pingoy||Philippines|
|Chitra Weerakkody||Sri Lanka|
|MKDL Meegoda||Sri Lanka|
|ALINON Kokou Nouwame||Togo|
|John C Ely||United States|
|Ronald Sand||United States|
|Stephen Connor||United States|
|Babita P Abraham Varkey||India|
|Carlo Miguel Matanguihan||Philippines|
|Dianne Gray||United States|
|Kamal Abu-Shamsieh||United States|
|Peter David Covert||United States|
|Sorush Niknamian||United States|