Hope everyone is staying safe in these challenging time.
Reports from our colleagues in Kenya tell us that things are starting to open up slowly. COVID is still a concern and folks are working hard to take appropriate precautions. Since our last report, we are excited to announce that our Kenyan colleague Dr. Hussein Elias was appointed Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at Moi University. This was made possible by your financial support and we are deeply indebted to support of people like you.
I can share that Dr. Elias has been working diligently to promote palliative care. His efforts include clinical care and a number of educational efforts. In our last report, I mentioned he was organizing training sessions for Community Health Workers (CHW). These individuals are embedded in rural communities and are often the first contact patients have with medical professionals. The palliative care trainings were planned before COVID-19 but he was given permission from local health officials to proceed on the condition that he also provide training about COVID. He has conducted three sessions to date, each lasting 3 days. Numbers were limited to 10 so social distancing could be maintained. Additional trainings are planned in the upcoming months. The impact of this program is being assessed and if successful we will look to expand throughout Kenya. Part of the goal is to connect the CHW with palliative care specialists in an effort to ensure individuals in rural setting have access to pain and symptom management. We continue to work towards expanding the number of palliative care specialists and we'll update you in our next report.
Thanks again for all your support. The program continues to grow and you are a key factor!
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