Third Annual FHSSA Global Partnership Award Presented to Outstanding US and African Partnership

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Center for Hospice Care/Hospice Foundation of Indiana and the Palliative Care Association of Uganda are the 2013 Award Recipients of the FHSSA Award Recognizing Outstanding Partnerships between US and African Organizations.

The creativity and commitment they have made to the Palliative Care Association of Uganda will have a lasting effect on the patients and families needing palliative care.

The third annual FHSSA Global Partnership Award was presented to Center for Hospice Care/Hospice Foundation of South Bend, Indiana who is partnered with the Palliative Care Association of Uganda, located in Kampala, Uganda.

The award was presented today during the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s annual Management and Leadership Conference that has brought together more than 2,000 hospice and palliative care leaders to the Washington, DC area.

FHSSA, which began as the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa, is an affiliate of NHPCO. It supports the development of partnerships between U.S. organizations and African hospice and palliative care providers. The Global Partnership Award is an opportunity to recognize outstanding efforts by those partners.

The Global Partnership Award is an opportunity to recognize the outstanding efforts of a partner that went above and beyond the expectations of a partnership. The award winner is selected based on creativity in fundraising, partner collaboration, staff contribution and commitment, and community outreach and involvement. The award comes with a $500 donation to the African hospice partner.

“Center for Hospice Care/Hospice Foundation has shown what a tremendous impact one partnership can have. The creativity and commitment they have made to the Palliative Care Association of Uganda will have a lasting effect on the patients and families needing palliative care and also to the dedicated health care workers who work tirelessly with limited resources to provide that care,” said John Mastrojohn, executive director of FHSSA.

Center for Hospice Care/Hospice Foundation, which raised over $25,000 in 2012, partners with the Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU). The review committee was impressed with the award application on many levels, including their unique and creative fundraising efforts and involvement in advocacy efforts on the national level in Uganda. Most noteworthy was the development of a powerful documentary, Okuyamba, developed in conjunction with University of Notre Dame Department of Film, Television and Theatre; their dedication to finding a new home for PCAU headquarters; and their financial support for scholarships for child caregivers and Ugandan healthcare workers in palliative care.

“Our FHSSA partnership has been rewarding and meaningful for our staff, our board and our volunteers. It has been our privilege to be partnered with PCAU. But it’s so much more than a partnership. For us, faraway places have come closer, the planet has become smaller, and our own hospice family has grown in the best ways possible,” said Mark Murray, president and CEO of CHC/HF.

Mike Wargo, COO of Hospice Foundation noted, “It’s been said that pain knows no boundaries. Through our partnership with PCAU we have also found that compassion and caring know no boundaries.”

FHSSA congratulates Center for Hospice Care/Hospice Foundation and PCAU for their outstanding commitment to their partnership and for making a lasting impact on palliative care in Africa.

To learn more about FHSSA and support the work of the organization, please visit http://www.fhssa.org.

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