The African Palliative Care Education Scholarship Fund
for Nurses and Social Workers

As part of our mission to expand the availability of hospice and palliative care in Africa and worldwide, Global Partners in Care and the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) provide education scholarships to further the knowledge and skill of African nurses and social workers in the provision of palliative care.

The Need

The demand for specialized palliative care training in Africa is high. Nurses and social workers, in particular, play an important role in providing holistic palliative care services to those suffering from life-limiting conditions.A crucial component of making these services available is ensuring that appropriately trained providers are available and accessible to those in need. APCA and GPIC support the training of nurses and social workers to enhance their palliative care skills and knowledge.

Our Impact

In 2011, the African Palliative Care Association (APCA), in partnership with Global Partners in Care (GPIC), established the African Palliative Care Education Scholarship Fund for Nurses and Social Workers. Each year, APCA and GPIC provide a limited number of scholarships for palliative care training opportunities. The fund was originally established in 2011 by generous donations from the National Association of Social Workers in honor of Dr. Bernice Catherine Harper and from an anonymous donor in honor of the palliative care service of Kath Defilippi, a nurse from South Africa.

Since the program’s start, sixty-three scholarships have been awarded to nurses and social workers from 13 countries (Cameroon, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe). In the early years, we funded many short course and diploma programs. As bachelor’s and master’s degree programs grow – and the eligible student population grows – there is more need to offer scholarships in diploma, bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees. Certificate and short course trainings continue to be very important to meet the varying needs of specific communities and countries.

To donate to the African Palliative Care Education Scholarship Fund, click here.

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