Global Partners in Care recently honored two organizations with the 2022 Global Partnership Award for their efforts in enhancing access to compassionate end-of-life care through their partnership. The recipients were Hospice Africa Uganda of Kampala, Uganda and Hinds Hospice of Fresno, California. The award was presented to Hinds Hospice at the Annual Leadership Conference of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in Little Rock, Arkansas earlier this month. It was also presented to Hospice Africa Uganda at the 4th Uganda Conference on Cancer and Palliative Care which was co-hosted by the Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU) and the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) in Kampala. During this conference, GPIC also gave special recognition to Kitovu Mobile located in Masaka, Uganda, an organization that also worked in partnership with Hinds Hospice for many years.
GPIC CFO, Karl Holderman, presented the award to acting CED and Board Chair of Hospice Africa Uganda.
Dr. Anne Merriman receiving special recognition for her leadership with Hospice Africa Uganda.
The Global Partnership Award is an opportunity to recognize the outstanding efforts of a partnership that has demonstrated the core values of a true partnership: commitment to building a strong relationship, partner collaboration, staff contribution and commitment, and community outreach and involvement. The award comes with a $500 donation to the international hospice partner.
Global Partners in Care partners embrace the organization’s mission of enhancing access to palliative care in low-resource settings. “The partnership between Hinds Hospice and Hospice Africa Uganda (HAU) epitomizes this. While their partnership began just two years ago, collectively they have accomplished a great deal. The partnership began just as Uganda was emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. HAU was working diligently to enroll new patients in need of palliative care at its three sites, providing home visits, roadside clinics, hospital visits, outpatient visits and follow up phone calls,” noted Cyndy Searfoss, director of partnerships for Global Partners in Care.
In addition, Hospice Africa Uganda is home to the Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa (IHPCA) which provides various levels of training in palliative care to nurses, doctors and other healthcare providers from across Africa. It also manufactures morphine for use by palliative care patients in Uganda.
In recognizing this partnership, Global Partners in Care also pays tribute to the founders of these organizations, Nancy Hinds, who founded Hinds Hospice in 1981 and Dr. Anne Merriman, who founded HAU in 1992. Their commitment, hard work and vision for compassionate care for those with life-limiting conditions provided an example for us to follow.
Global Partners in Care congratulates Hinds Hospice and Hospice Africa Uganda for their outstanding commitment to their partnership and for making a lasting impact on palliative care in Africa.