In 2008 Center for Hospice Care and the Hospice Foundation(CHC/HF) applied to Global Partners in Care (formerly FHSSA) to become a partner with an organization in Africa. CHC/HF’s partnership with the Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU) began in 2009. The Global Partners in Care partnership program guidelines direct the focus of a partnership be based on the strategic objectives of the African partner and how to support the organization to close the gap.
Established in 1978, CHC is an independent, community based, not-for-profit organization, improving the quality of living through hospice, home health, grief counseling, and community education. Through its support of CHC, HF helps patients and their loved ones experience the best possible quality of living. Through their fundraising efforts, HF allows CHC to keep their promise that no one eligible for hospice services will ever be turned away, regardless of their ability to pay.
PCAU was first established in 1999 and registered as a Non-Government Organization (NGO) in 2003. A member organization for palliative care professionals, care providers and organizations, PCAU works in conjunction with the Ugandan Ministry of Health within the framework for palliative care set out in the National Health Sector Strategic Plan to provide leadership and coordination to scale up palliative care education and services throughout the country.
While most American hospices are assigned to a specific African hospice program, Global Partners in Care partnered CHC/HF with PCAU, whose mission is to promote and support affordable and culturally appropriate palliative care throughout Uganda. In essence, CHC/HF was partnered with the entire country.
The partnership continues to assure that activities are aligned with PCAU’s objectives through ongoing communication and in-person visits. CHC/HF has also worked with the University of Notre Dame to develop internship programs for students who are placed at PCAU member organizations that fit with their particular internship goals, as well as fill a need for the member organization. A testament to the strength of the partnership, CHC/HF and PCAU were awarded the FHSSA Global Partnership award in 2013.
To learn more about the partnership between CHC/HF and PCAU, view the 5-Year Partnership Report.