FHSSA Partner, Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association Receives Prestigious Award at XIX International AIDS Conference

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KEHPCA's work selected from over 1,400 nominees worldwide.

KEHPCA is a true leader in bringing quality palliative care to those in need in Kenya. We have had the honor of working with them for many years on ground-breaking initiatives and are so pleased that their work has been recognized by this internationally

During a special session at the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, FHSSA partner Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) received a Red Ribbon Award in the Treatment, Care and Support category.

The Red Ribbon Award is presented every two years at the conference to honor and celebrate community-based organizations for their outstanding initiatives that show leadership in reducing the spread and impact of AIDS. The award is a joint effort of the UNAIDS family. KEHPCA was one of 10 winners chosen from over 1400 nominees from around the world.

KEHPCA is a national association that represents all palliative care providers in Kenya. Its mission is to scale up palliative care services to bridge the gap between those who receive services and those in need. KEHPCA advocates for the integration of palliative care for children and adults into health services in Kenya and addresses issues of accessibility, affordability, and quality.

Since 2009, KEHPCA has collaborated with FHSSA in a number of ways including partnering with Hospice of Lancaster County as part of FHSSA’s Partnership initiative which pairs U.S. hospices with hospice and palliative care programs in Africa to exchange best practices and provide professional and financial support. It is also one of the three original countries involved in FHSSA’s Conquering Pain Project, and in that capacity is leading the development of a country-wide plan for the education of hospital-based health professionals in oral morphine use and prescription.

“KEHPCA is a true leader in bringing quality palliative care to those in need in Kenya. We have had the honor of working with them for many years on ground-breaking initiatives and are so pleased that their work has been recognized by this internationally-known award. They are so deserving of this distinction,” said John Mastrojohn, executive director of FHSSA.

FHSSA is an affiliate of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Its mission is building partnerships to enhance compassionate care in Africa, and its vision is a world where individuals and families facing serious illness, death, and grief will experience the best that humankind can offer.

For more information on FHSSA, visit: http://www.fhssa.org. For more on KEHPCA, visit: http://www.kehpca.org, and to learn more about the Red Ribbon Award, including past and current recipients, visit: http://www.redribbonaward.org

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