Palliative Services for Ghana
Registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CiO) in 2022, COMPASS-Ghana partners with Ghana-based specialists to help address the urgent and critical need for Palliative and end-of-life care in Ghana and the wider Sub-Saharan region.
We partner with, and support organisations across the Ashanti, Eastern and Greater Accra Regions of Ghana. Our work is embedding world-leading standards of palliative care into Ghanaian health systems. As we gain knowledge and experience, we will expand our scope to all regions in Ghana and then beyond. This is a collaborative journey, sharing best practices and learning with whomever we can.
Together with our healthcare and community partners of all faiths and traditions, we are on a journey of collaboration and empowerment to unlock universal palliative and end-of-life care for all of Ghana by 2030. This goal aligns directly with the Ghanaian Government’s roadmap for attaining universal health coverage this decade.
Working with local communities and trusted institutions, our mission is to reduce suffering and hardship in resource-poor communities by unlocking access to quality end-of-life care.
A sensitive topic
We understand that death is a sensitive topic. That’s why we work with all our partners and all communities in a conscious, considerate and culturally appropriate way. We take a holistic approach, and our support for patients, family caregivers and their families doesn’t just focus on symptoms but considers the wider wishes, the comfort, wellbeing and security of all involved.
We strive to understand and identify the needs of our patients, family caregivers, and families along with our partners and the community we serve, in a manner that is
compassionate, inclusive, dignified and empathetic.
We place our patients, families, caregivers, partners, and community at the centre of all that we do. We commit to working towards a shared vision, being adaptable and leading by example.
We collaborate by managing expectations through transparent partnership agreements, and honest communication; we are accountable to the communities and organisations we serve and hold partners accountable on behalf of these communities.
As a partnership we develop evidence-led evaluations to capture the clinical, cultural, and social impact and value of our work. To achieve this we aim to shape and deliver our activities with the active involvement of patients, their families and the wider community.
We will constantly challenge the status quo and seek out new ways to deliver compassionate care. We will become a centre of excellence where innovation, research and
new methodologies for delivering care in low-resource settings will be the norm.
We believe in open and strong governance, where financing is always transparent and accountable. Our ambitions will be underpinned by sustainable funding and strong stewardship.
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