Palliative Care in Francophone Africa (2013)
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Program: Palliative Care
Coordinators: Pierre Bey
Other INCTR Participants:
Collaborators: Francophone Association for the Care and support of Patients with Cancer (AFSO)
The National Program of the Fight against Cancer (PNLCa)
The Association of Palliative Care of the Ivory Coast (ASPCI)
The PACT program of the International Atomic Energy Agency
The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and the Association for the Support of Patients with Cancer (APAAC).
Branch(es): AMCC
Location: Single Continent
Country(s): Uganda, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo-Brazeville, The Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, France and Switzerland
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Methods: Training in Palliative care by holding workshops in countries in Francophone sub-Saharan Africa. There are two main goals:

1. Educational objectives: to allow carers to master the control of pain; to understand the application of basic palliative care principles; to become familiar with techniques used in the advocacy of oral morphine; applying for funding and controlling a budget; to acquire knowledge of the use of training materials (films, books, brochures) in order to transfer acquired knowledge to other carers in the same countries.

2. South-South communication objectives: to reinforce the lines of communication between African carers particularly rancophone/Anglophone arers and to develop a palliative care network south- south and south- north to increase awareness and obtain resources, both human and financial to promote affordable palliative care.
Progress: A five week course in Palliative Care Held in Uganda

An international five week course was organized for Health Workers wishing to initiate Palliative Care Services in Francophone Sub Saharan Africa. The course was led by HASPF and the Institute of Hospice and Palliative care in Africa based in Kampala with expert input by Hospice Africa Uganda and the French Branch of INCTR, Alliance Mondial Contre le Cancer.

The training took place in Uganda in April and May 2013 in the purpose built education building of Hospice Uganda in Kampala. The training took advantage of the structure of the existing English language course for the theoretical and the practical parts. 27 students from 9 different countries participated (Senegal, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Togo, Niger, Burkina Faso, DRC, Rwanda and Burundi). All students passed the exam and the course was a great success.

September 2013: palliative care workshops in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

The first workshops in Francophone Africa on the control of pain in cancer patients took place in Abidjan on 26th and 27th September 2013. The workshops were organized by AMCC in partnership with the Francophone Association for the Care and support of Patients with Cancer (AFSO), the National Program of the Fight against Cancer (PNLCa), the Association of Palliative Care of the Ivory Coast (ASPCI), the PACT program of the International Atomic Energy Agency , the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and the Association for the Support of Patients with Cancer (APAAC). The workshops were attended by 233 participants from 9 African Countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo-Brazeville, The Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Uganda and Senegal and two European countries, France and Switzerland.
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