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Spiritual care recommendations for people receiving palliative care in sub-Saharan Africa

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Background

At the 3rd conference of the African Palliative CareAssociation (APCA) in Windhoek, Namibia (15-17 September 2010), theDepartment of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation and CicelySaunders International launched a report entitled Spiritual care recommendations for people receiving palliative care in sub-Saharan Africa.

The report contains a set of evidence-based spiritual care recommendationsfor palliative care service providers in sub-Saharan Africa, with aForeword authored by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

Based on data collected from patients and spiritual care providers in South Africa, the recommendations have been developed in conjunction with a group of 23 experts from across sub-Saharan Africa, with the support of APCA and the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA).

In focusing on the spiritual and cultural dimensions of palliative carethe recommendations aim to fill a crucial gap in current policyguidance, building on APCA’s work developing standards and corecompetency frameworks for palliative care services in Africa.

The Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation and Cicely Saunders International would like to thank the Sir Halley Stewart Trust and the University of London for their support of this project.

For further information on the recommendations, please contact Lucy Selman.

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