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Call for paper for the 5th International African Palliative Care Conference. by Idowu Olabode : December 01, 2015, 04:51:33 PM
Abstract submission is now open for the 5th International African Palliative Care Conference.
The African Palliative Care Association (APCA) and the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) look forward to welcoming delegates to Kampala, Uganda, from 16-19 August 2016 for the 5th International African Palliative Care Conference.

The conference theme is: ‘Hospice and Palliative Care: Resolution to Action – Differentiated Care for Diverse Communities’. This echoes a vision to disseminate ideas and research evidence to move to action faster and more effectively in the wake of the 2014 World Health Assembly Resolution on palliative care.

Delegates will take stock of the gains realised since the previous International African Palliative Care Conference, jointly hosted by APCA and the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) in September 2013.

Aim and objectives

This conference will bring together palliative care providers, people accessing care and their families, researchers, donors, development partners, government representatives and education institutions from Africa and across the globe to share best practices and research results with a view to improving access to quality palliative care on the continent.

Conference tracks

The four conference tracks will cover current priority areas and emerging issues to strengthen the health systems that African patients rely upon for physical, social, psychological/emotional and spiritual support.

Track 1: ‘Palliative care, human rights, policies and legislation’ will focus on areas including: Universal Health Coverage and palliative care as a human right, African palliative care in the global context, stakeholder responsibilities, governance and leadership, enhancing patients’ and families’ rights and ensuring access to justice, increasing access to analgesic medications, and palliative care advocacy.

Track 2: ‘Palliative care services’ will include: describing quality palliative care services, medications, service innovation, palliative care for minority groups and children, legal aspects and other emerging areas, engaging the community, developing centres of excellence, promoting disease prevention, and the continuum of care from the cradle to bereavement across different disease conditions.

Track 3: ‘Positioning palliative care in the global, regional, national and local health agendas to ensure its sustainability’ will deal with the role of the media in improving access to palliative care services, branding and marketing of palliative care, working with patients and families, resource mobilization and sustainability, and collaboration and partnerships.

Track 4: ‘The evidence base for palliative care’ will look at quality improvement and evaluation, sharing best practice, identifying research priorities and exploring collaboration, capacity building, ensuring that research is used in decision making, and inclusion of palliative care in health information management systems.

Important dates

Call for abstracts open: 24 November 2015
Abstract submission deadline: 1 April 2016
Notification of acceptance: 15 May 2016 (subject to change).

Delegates interested in presenting at the conference are encouraged to submit an abstract via the conference website.

To receive email updates on conference developments, please email

We look forward to welcoming you to Kampala in 2016!

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