Webinar: Improving Access to Palliative Care: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Ease Serious Health-Related Suffering

10 January, 2020

[Note from HIFA moderator: I am forwarding this message from HIFA member Julie Thorne, which was originally sent in error to our admin address. The correct address for contributions is: hifa@hifaforums.org - - Many thanks, Neil]

For our colleagues in Zambia looking for mentorship in palliative care, this webinar hosted by CUGH may be of interest (see attached email).

The other one on climate action may also be of interest to members of the group.



Julie Thorne, MD, MPH, FRCS(C)

Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

AMPATH-- Reproductive Health

Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Visiting Lecturer, Moi University, Eldoret Kenya

Email: jgthorne@gmail.com

Cell: +1 289 230 9667

WhatsApp: +254 791 421007


“The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live." Ethel Percy Andrus

HIFA profile: Julie Thorne is an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at AMPATH-RH, Moi University, Kenya and University of Toronto and has a professional interest in family planning, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, complex contraception, abortion care and access to services, human centred design, and in health systems change. Email address: jgthorne AT gmail.com


From Keith Martin, MD <executivedirector@cugh.org>

Date: Thu, Jan 9, 2020 at 10:05 AM

Subject: Upcoming Global Health Webinars

See below for information about two upcoming webinars in early 2020.

2019 Lancet Countdown: Opportunities to Improve Health through Climate Action

January 31, 2020

11:00 am to 12:00 pm EST

Register HERE https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/643442304594031116


Improving Access to Palliative Care: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Ease Serious Health-Related Suffering

February 5, 2020

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST

Register HERE https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1632573960210120461

Serious health-related suffering (SHS) afflicts over 61 million people worldwide, with over 80% of symptom burden occurring in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Palliative care - an interdisciplinary intervention aiming to relieve physical, psychological, social, and spiritual suffering for patients and caregivers arising from serious illness - can reduce SHS globally. While access to palliattive care has been deemed an essential human right by the World Health Organization and other international entities, there are major gaps in palliative care access and delivery that disproportionately afflict those in LMICs. These gaps are exacerbated by a lack of trained workforce, lack of access to pain medications, and inadequate integration into health systems and healthcare delivery.

In this webinar, we will first define palliative care and its role in promoting the health and well-being of individuals and populations worldwide. Second, we will discuss major gaps and opportunities to improve palliative care access and delivery, particularly in LMICs. Third, drawing on the unique experiences of our expert speakers in Rwanda, Liberia, and Botswana, we will compare examples of interventions aiming to train palliative care workforce and build capacity at the national and regional level. Specifically, we will discuss educational initiatives, guidelines, and national policies implemented in partnership with local ministries of health and regional/international advocacy groups, with specific emphasis on interdisciplinary efforts to bolster nursing workforce and improve access to essential pain medicines. We will end with a question and answer session.



University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Christian Ntizimira, MD, MS

City Manager, Kigali


Nauzley Abedini, MD, MSc

University of California, San Francisco

For more information, including the speakers' biographies, please see the event page here.

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