APCA Launches 20th Anniversary

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APCA Launches 20th Anniversary

Group photo of the in-person attendees at the APCA celebration dinner on May 17, 2024

Joan Marston, founder and director of Sunflower Children’s Hospice and advocacy executive at PallCHASE, presents on palliative care in humanitarian settings

The African Palliative Care Association (APCA) launched their 20th anniversary celebrations by hosting a parallel session on palliative care and a commemorative dinner at the 2024 International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. The two days of sessions brought together experts from around the world to discuss palliative care development in Africa. Global Partners in Care student intern, Ethan Harned, participated in the celebration. Ethan is in South Africa for two months working with Sunflower Children’s Hospice for his university research.

GPIC intern, Ethan Harned and Dr. Emmanuel Luyirika, Executive Director of APCA

Eddie Mwebesa, clinical doctor at Hospice Africa Uganda (HAU), presents on HAU training programs

Deputy Minister of Health Dr. Sibongiseni Dhlomo delivers the keynote address at the APCA celebration dinner

The commemorative dinner was a hybrid event that allowed conference attendees and others around the world to celebrate for launch of APCA’s 20-year anniversary. The keynote speaker of the evening was Dr. Sibongiseni Dhlomo, the deputy minister of health in South Africa.

GPIC Advisory Council Member Andre Wagner presents on the role of NGOs in African palliative care development

Ethan with APCA’s Andre Wagner, Thobe Finger and Patricia Banda

APCA will host celebrations across the continent over the next year. These will reach a finale at the 8th International African Palliative Care Conference in September, 2025 in Gaborone, Botswana.