Impact of the Programme
We are proud that the Small Grants Programme has led to increased access to and improved quality of palliative care services across Africa.
Over the last ten years, over 160 grants have been made to more than 130 palliative care service providers from 24 African countries. The grants have directly enabled more than one million children and adults to access palliative care services. The grants have also increased the knowledge base and skills of palliative care providers across the continent.
The programme helps ensure that palliative care is widely understood, integrated into health systems at all levels and underpinned by evidence, in order to reduce pain and suffering associated with life limiting and life-threatening illnesses across Africa.
For details of those organisations which have received funding from the Small Grants Programme in the past, please click here.
Some stories from previous recipients of grant funding:
The new equipment is much easier to clean and move. It makes my job easier and I feel better about the food I prepare. It is also exciting to be using new things and having a more equipped kitchen to cook. It helps me to serve our patients better.
The toys and bicycles purchased for the hospice day care have reduced the friction usually experienced by the children attending the forum as they competed for the few toys which were available. The availability of drugs for pain relief and symptom control has greatly improved the children’s condition. They now experience better quality of life and are playful.
I was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue but I could not afford specialised treatment prescribed to me (radiotherapy) and that is how I joined Nyeri Hospice for palliative care. Since I joined the Hospice I have always received medication thanks to the Hospice donors. The quality of my life improved and now I can do my chores and am free of pain and other symptoms that arise with cancer illness. I have been a source of encouragement to other patients who are recently joining the Hospice because I have realised that cancer is not a death sentence but with good management one can live for long.
The impact of early detection of infections with impeccable assessment through implementation of palliative care skills led to an overall improved quality of life for the children, with none of them being bedridden or hospitalized during the whole grant period.
Our observation is that patients within our care now enjoy a pain free transition and are more comfortable as they do not share beds as is often the case in many public hospitals. Regarding pain medication, management of pain is relatively uncommon in many health care facilities in Kenya; therefore, being able to provide our patients with pain relief medications such as morphine, has been an invaluable service in our hospice. Pain is no longer a part of suffering among the guests in our home.
We have received a large number of patients from hospitals due to the growing awareness of the existence of the palliative care services at the centre. We have seen significant impact that our services are having on patients and families and how slowly people are getting to know that something can be done to improve the lives of patients. Hospitals are appreciating our services and calling upon RHPCC to help in the discharge process and provide follow up services to patients and families.