Global Partners in Care Strategic Planning Update

For Immediate Release:
February 21, 2018

(Mishawaka, IN) – As Global Partners in Care begins its second year as an affiliate of the Hospice Foundation, it is deploying a number of new resources to support its partners. These resources are targeted to strengthen the partnerships that play an important role in enhancing hospice and palliative care in 13 countries around the globe. The Partnership Program provides opportunities for US hospice and palliative care organizations to make a commitment to support a hospice and palliative care organization in a low-resource setting. Partners engage in capacity-building, strategic planning, education, fundraising, and technical assistance to expand and improve services for those in need.

The new resources, available to both US and international partners, will help with everything from fundraising ideas to strategic planning for the partnership. Cyndy Searfoss, Director of Partnerships said, “We have listened carefully to the partnerships in our care and developed materials to assist them in fundraising, travel and communications, to name a few areas of focus. We will continue to expand this library of resources over the coming months.”

And while Global Partners in Care will continue to support and grow its signature Partnership Program, the organization has expanded its focus to include research and education, and to collaborate with other key global palliative care organizations to raise awareness and advocate for better access to essential services. All of these initiatives are the outgrowth of a strategic planning process that solicited input from key stakeholders and resulted in affirmation of the organization’s mission.

Global Partners in Care began as The Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa (FHSSA) in 1999, after US 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 those that did exist were 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 pandemic and support Africa’s hospice and palliative care programs’ ability to provide compassionate care, these U.S. leaders formed FHSSA. In 2004, FHSSA became an affiliate of the US-based National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). It then became an affiliate of the Hospice Foundation, located in Mishawaka, Indiana, in January 2017.

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Lacey Ahern

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