The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance is happy to announce that the Ethiopian Ministry of Health is supporting our plan to promote palliative care in the country. Palliative care is a major problem in Ethiopia, where implementation is currently limited.
The government recognises the urgent need for palliative care as cases of non-communicable disease are on the rise. It commends WHPCA for our efforts, and calls on other organisations in country to support our work.
WHPCA in partnership with a local NGO, Hospice Ethiopia, are promoting a culturally appropriate palliative care delivery that is, home and community-based with support from traditional burial societies known as 'Iddir'. Iddir is a century old mutual support institutions originally intended to help defray burial expenses, but are now used for other community issues. More than 12,000 people will benefit from this project.
The mobilisation of Iddir will be supported by the following activities which follow a public health approach.
• Training of 200 community health volunteers
• Training of 200 student nurses in their final year
• Continuing Medical Education for 60 doctors and Post-Registered Nurses.
• Linkages with three hospitals in Addis Ababa
Dr Stephen Connor, WHPCA Executive Director, said: "We are very happy to have the support of the Federal Ministry of Health for Ethiopia at the highest level. The government of Ethiopia has expressed their strong desire to support palliative care development in Africa's second largest country."