Global Partners in Care supports compassionate care where the need is great and resources are few. With a mission to build partnerships to enhance compassionate care globally, we are dedicated to improving access to hospice and palliative care worldwide.
Our “Partners Program” enables U.S. hospice and palliative care organizations to support hospice and palliative care organizations in developing countries. Partners engage in capacity-building, strategic planning, education, fundraising, and technical assistance to expand and improve services for those in need.
Each Partnership is unique, and is defined by the strengths of the participating entities. These opportunities create reciprocal exchanges that enable us to learn from each other, while supporting the care provided by our colleagues in developing countries. We also link hospices in other countries with national associations, government and private grant-making resources, and other U.S. organizations that share our mission to expand sustainable community health services and compassionate care internationally.
We are proud of the progress we have made in creating a world where individuals and families who are facing serious illness, death, and grief will experience the best that humankind can offer, and invite you to join us in this effort.
Global Partners in Care is the re-imagined, re-designed, and re-inspired organization that was formerly known as FHSSA (Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa).
FHSSA was initially created in 1999, after U.S. hospice leaders had a powerful experience during a professional seminar tour of hospices in Zimbabwe and South Africa. The tour highlighted the tremendous impact the burgeoning HIV/AIDS pandemic was having on African hospice leaders and their programs. Many areas had no hospices, and the hospices that did exist were being severely challenged by the urgent need to adapt hospice care to the special needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. With minimal access to pain medication and very few hospice programs, healthcare systems and community members alike were overwhelmed.
In order to mobilize a response to the sub-Saharan HIV/AIDS pandemic and support Africa’s hospice and palliative care programs’ ability to provide compassionate care, these U.S. leaders formed The Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa (FHSSA) in 1999. In 2004, FHSSA became an affiliate of the U.S.-based National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).
In 2014, we made the decision to build on the proven model of partnership that had been successful through FHSSA and changed our name to “Global Partners in Care.” Still fully committed to our partnerships in Africa, we are now expanding our reach based on the increasing need for hospice and palliative care services in other regions of the world. In fact, 80% of the global need for palliative care is in low- and middle-income countries. In addition, treatment of pain is inadequate in low- and middle-income countries. These countries, which represent 83% of world’s population, utilized a mere 8% of total morphine consumption worldwide. '
Global Partners in Care builds partnerships to enhance compassionate care in developing countries so people with advanced illness are afforded comfort and dignity — which we believe are essential human rights.
Currently, our “Partners Program” has 75 U.S. Partners, in 30 states, who have relationships with hospice and palliative care organizations in 14 countries. Last year, Partners in developing countries served more than 60,000 patients.
We have also worked intensively with other international organizations on specific projects to develop and expand comprehensive hospice and palliative care services in Tanzania and Zimbabwe. These services have positively affected hundreds of thousands of patients and their families.
In addition, our Champion Program lets any individual or organization fund a specific, one-time cause to meet the pressing needs of a hospice and palliative care organization in a developing country. A cause may fund medications, vehicle maintenance, education and training, or clinic repairs, usually small-scale needs that have a big impact on Partner’s ability to deliver compassionate care for individuals and families in need.
Becoming a Champion provides a unique opportunity to support the global development of hospice and palliative care.
There is an enormous need for comprehensive compassionate care to treat patients’ pain, address psychosocial and family needs. In developing countries, the lack of resources and capacity within the healthcare system make accessing care extremely difficult. The funds raised by Global Partners in Care’s efforts help meet patient needs by supporting local staff, pain and other medications, medical supplies, bedding, as well as bicycles and vehicles so healthcare workers can reach patients.