Palliative Care in Africa
The need for palliative care is particularly acute in Africa where it is estimated that there are 22 million people living with HIV and that the number of people with cancer will double in the next twenty years. True Colours continues to focus its funding in Africa on work to improve access to palliative care for adults and children, prioritising the need for appropriate pain relief and the integration of palliative care services into established health systems.
True Colours is supporting two multi-year national programmes integrating palliative care in the national public health systems of Zimbabwe and Malawi. These programmes build on the knowledge that no country can meet Sustainable Development Goal 3 on Universal Health Coverage without including palliative care and pain relief in its healthcare, and also on the knowledge that the best way to provide palliative care is through an existing public health system.
We continue to support the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) which provides leadership and technical support to palliative care providers across Africa. APCA also administers our Africa Small Grants programme which provides grants of up to £5,000 to local palliative care providers across the continent. In 2019, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Africa Small Grants programme.
The Trustees subscribe to the WHO definition of palliative care.
Disability in Africa
According to the WHO, an estimated 6.4% of children between the ages of 0-14 years in Africa are moderately or severely disabled children. This is the highest figure for a continent internationally. As many as 20% of children are thought to have some form of physical or cognitive impairment in Africa.
We are supporting SignHealth Uganda via the UK charity Signal UK to deliver support to hearing impaired children and their families in the north of Uganda. The project includes work on health, education and advocacy for deaf awareness and rights at both a local and a national level.