Welcome to the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of South Africa's Paediatric Palliative Care Virtual Resource centre. This resource has been developed by HPCA with the generous support of the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and the Open Society Institute. The centre aims to provide multi-disciplinary professionals (doctors, nurses, social workers, educators, psychologists, counsellors, clergy and other spiritual workers) working in South Africa with useful resources and on-line clinical support to improve palliative care provided to children living with life limiting and life threatening illnesses.
HeadSmart is a project that aims to enhance the awareness of symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people. This website is intended for the public and for health professionals, to help to improve diagnosis of childhood brain tumours. To find out more go to: http://www.headsmart.org.uk/home/
News from the United States of America The CCCR provision (Section 2302 of the ACA) states that children under the age of 21 who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness—and are eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program—may receive all services that are related to the treatment of a child’s life-limiting illness. This would allow these young people to have palliative and hospice care services while they are receiving other disease-modifying treatments.
The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in partnership with UK Universities offers distance learning scholarships as part of the commitment of the Commission and the Deparment for International Development's (DIFID) commitment to explore new methods fo scholarship delivery.
The Association for Paediatric Palliative Medicine Master Formulary for Paediatric Palliative Care Launch of the first Edition – Spring 2011 The Association for Paediatric Palliative Medicine is delighted to announce the launch of the first edition of the APPM Master Formulary for Paediatric Palliative Medicine in the Spring of 2011. The APPM Master Formulary is a single standardised reference formulary from which all other formularies will be derived. The Master Formulary for Paediatric Palliative Medicine provides information on indications, routes and standardised doses for paediatric palliative medicine based on systematic literature review and appraisal of available research evidence together with expert consensus opinion where there is insufficient research evidence.
Today is World TB Day and we would like to draw your attention to the problems around Drug Resistant Tuberculosis in may parts of the developing world. In an article published in SA Business Day, Prof Gavin Churchyard, CEO of the Aurum Institute stated that the rising number of children being diagnosed with drug resistant TB was a grave concern.
The African Palliative Care Nursing Scholarship Fund is being created to fund African nurses in furthering their knowledge and skill in the provision of palliative care and hospice services. The fund has been created by a partnership between the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) and FHSSA (which began as the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa). The fund was established by a generous anonymous donation in honour of Kath Defilippi, the founding Board Chair of the African Palliative Care Association to recognise her many career achievements as a nurse in hospice and palliative care in Africa.