Due to your contribution to this campaign, the IAHPC has been able to increase the 2017 Travel Scholarship Program by 16%. This is giving additional palliative care workers from low resource settings the opportunity to participate in educational activities such as Clint from Victoria Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa who is pictured here.
Clint received a Travel Scholarship to attend the 5th International African Palliative Care Conference in Kampala, Uganda in August 2016. He established the Abundant Life Palliative Care program in Cape Town, which he describes as one of the first hospital-based and integrated palliative care programs in South Africa. He identified that the most neglected group of patients for palliative care were the non-HIV and non-cancer patients and started with organ failure patients including those with heart, kidney, lung, liver and brain failure conditions.
“I attended the research workshop and this was practical and encouraging. As an advocate for palliative care in chronic disease and non-communicable disease through Abundant Life (organ failure palliative care), I was part of the team discussing heart failure. This was a fascinating process. Interacting in a team with members from different backgrounds resulted in different approaches to the same questions. Being a clinician with no interaction with researchers I realized my limitations and their [the researchers’] ability to analyze the clinical scenarios from such different perspectives. Clearly research is best done in a team approach.
Having the opportunity to network with everyone in one place was probably immeasurable.”
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