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Planning Palliative Care Training, Planning Change!

By Katie Eccles, Clinical Nurse

COMPASS-Ghana is bringing to the table a whole system approach for palliative care. Asamang SDA Hospital in the Ashanti region of Ghana has no palliative expertise at present. There is a real desire to equip and skill the team with the capability to delivery palliative care to their patients. The management teams and lead clinicians at the hospitals are wanting to implement this change supported by COMPASS-Ghana. We are delighted that clinicians from both Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital and Peace and Love Hospital will be joining us for the programme. We now have a very good working action plan to make this happen.

During our 4 months stay in Ghana last year we realised that Ghanaians need to learn palliative care from expertise within their own continent. The reason being is there are many cultural, spiritual and religious beliefs that are unique and important to the people of Ghana. Also, the resources available to deliver palliative care are very different to those resources available in the UK. 

Thankfully there is a wonderful organisation called Hospice Africa Uganda (HAU). This charity is based in Uganda; 2,339 miles from Ghana, Africa is a large continent!

A core part of the mission of HAU is to enable palliative care services across Africa. They do this by providing training for health care professionals across the whole continent.

Our Plan:

  • To partner with HAU to deliver the palliative care training.
  • Training is going to be delivered 4th to 8th March 2024 at Asamang SDA Hospital, Ghana.
  • This is the first time in-country palliative care training from HAU is being delivered in Ghana.
  • 31 professionals to receive palliative care training.
  •  Invite 7 clinicians from neighbouring hospitals in Kumasi, Ghana. Peace and Love Breast Care International and Komfo Anoke Teaching Hospital.
  • The cost of the course will be funded by COMPASS-Ghana.
  • Following the weeklong course there will be a celebratory presentation of the certificates and key stakeholders in the community will be invited to attend. This project that COMPASS-Ghana will be delivering is a first in Ghana and needs to be celebrated!
  •  At a later date COMPASS-Ghana will be awarding scholarships to four successful candidates. These scholarships will provide further training to include a three-week placement in Uganda for experiential learning of palliative care.
  • The four scholars will then become the ambassadors for palliative care within their own hospital setting. 

Asamang SDA Hospital are planning to open a small palliative ward and run two palliative care clinics per week. The newly trained professionals who have completed this course will be able to use their new knowledge and skills to support palliative care patients. It is a much-needed service. Our aim is for a 315 adult / children to be cared for by the end of 2024.

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