African Nurses to be Awarded Nursing Scholarships

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Scholarship Program of FHSSA (formerly Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa) and African Palliative Care Association Trains African Nurses in Palliative Care.

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I’ll use this knowledge to foster training, advocacy and mentorship in Cameroon.

As part of its mission to expand the availability of hospice and palliative care in sub-Saharan Africa, FHSSA (formerly the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa), in partnership with the African Palliative Care Association, created the African Palliative Care Nursing Scholarship in 2010. Six scholarships were awarded in 2011, and FHSSA is proud to announce that six to seven additional scholarships will be awarded in 2012.

The goal of the scholarship is to further the knowledge and skill of African nurses in the provision of palliative care. Eleven nurses have benefitted from the education and training over the past two years.

The 2011 scholarships were given to two nurses from Cameroon, one from Malawi, one from Nigeria, and two from Uganda.

Ndikintum George Mbeng, head of the recently formed Cameroon Palliative Care Association, is one of those scholarship recipients. He recently shared his thoughts with us on the meaning of this opportunity.

“I cannot underestimate how much I have gained from this course in terms of skills and professional development,” he said. “I’ll use this knowledge to foster training, advocacy and mentorship in Cameroon. The knowledge gathered about policy and social development equally places me in a better position to lobby and campaign for development of a national policy towards palliative care.”
The scholarship was made possible by a generous donation from an anonymous donor in honor of Kath Defilippi and her many achievements during her career as a nurse in hospice and palliative care in Africa.

“FHSSA and APCA continue to track the nurses who received the scholarship and are encouraged by the potential impact it may have on furthering palliative care in Africa,” said John Mastrojohn, III, executive director of FHSSA.

More information about FHSSA is available online at http://www.fhssa.org.

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