hospiceHospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA) was founded in February 1988 and is a membership organisation for South African Hospices. During the last decade HPCA has established national and provincial Palliative Care development structures aimed specifically and purposefully at support and capacity building of member hospices and more recently of partner organisations in terms of the provision of quality palliative care.

Their main objectives are:

To strengthen relationships with organisations - nationally and internationally and to act as a conduit linking member hospices to external organisations through:-

National Partnerships:

Key national partnerships revolve around influencing Government particularly the Departments of Health and Social Development as well as the South African public to support and utilise the palliative care services offered by HPCA member organisations. Because of its commitment to quality HPCA is officially partnered with Cohsasa (Council for Health Services Accreditation of Southern Africa) partnerships with various tertiary educational organisations facilitate the inclusipalliative care into under and postgraduate courses for healthcare professionals. Linking member hospices to donor organisations and acting as a conduit for funding forms an important part of the work done by the HPCA management committee.

International Partnerships:

HPCA is working in partnership with the United States President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) to enhance the provision of sustainable, accessible, quality palliative care in South Africa through HPCA's members. HPCA gratefully acknowledges the significant contribution which PEPFAR is continuing to make to South African Hospices.

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