VISION: We envision a world where individuals and families facing serious illness, death, and grief have access to essential services that afford comfort and dignity — which are human rights.
MISSION: Global Partners in Care supports compassionate care where the need is great and resources are few by enhancing access to hospice and palliative care worldwide.
Global Partners in Care supports access to compassionate care by establishing collaborative partnerships, supporting research and education, and raising awareness of the global need for access to essential hospice and palliative care services. Driving all of our efforts is an unswerving commitment to extending compassion and reducing suffering among those in need. Help us enhance compassionate care. These are some of the ways individuals and organizations can make a difference, help improve hospice and palliative care around the world, and provide compassionate care to those in need.
- Partnerships: Our Partnership Program enables U.S. partners working in hospice and palliative care to engage with sister organizations in low-resource settings.
- Research and Education: Global Partners in Care recognizes advancing research and growing opportunities for learning are important aspects of enhancing access to quality palliative care globally.
- We partner with universities and other research institutions to support the development of evidence to assess need, implement policies and programs, and monitor progress in global palliative care.
- We support scholarships through our partner organizations in low-resource settings to support the training and education of the next leaders in palliative care provision and research.
- We also seek to educate U.S. students, partners and potential stakeholders as advocates for palliative care – in their own communities, but especially in areas of the world where resources are limited and the need is great.
- Global Collaborative Impact: Global Partners in Care is committed to working collaboratively with our partnership organizations, national associations, and international organizations working to enhance access to hospice and palliative care globally. We will not only establish and support collaboration through our Partners Program but also engage in collaborative partnerships with other organizations and individuals who share our mission of enhancing access to hospice and palliative care worldwide.
- Other international hospice and palliative care organizations,
- Patients, and
- Other collaborators.
We believe that the responsibility for bringing compassionate and culturally appropriate care to our global brothers and sisters, and bridging the gap created by lack of awareness and resources, rests with all of us. Working together, we can multiply our impact to reduce suffering.
Global Partners in Care is the re-imagined, re-designed, and re-inspired organization that was formerly known as FHSSA (Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa). In 2017, Global Partners in Care moved from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in Washington DC to South Bend, IN as an affiliate of the Hospice Foundation. The Hospice Foundation is the supporting foundation for Center for Hospice Care. CHC is one of Global Partners in Care’s most successful partner programs; they have worked with the Palliative Care Association of Uganda since 2008.
FHSSA was initially created in 1999, after U.S. hospice leaders had a powerful experience during a professional seminar tour of hospices in Zimbabwe and South Africa. The tour highlighted the tremendous impact the burgeoning HIV/AIDS pandemic was having on African hospice leaders and their programs. Many areas had no hospices, and the hospices that did exist were being severely challenged by the urgent need to adapt hospice care to the special needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. With minimal access to pain medication and very few hospice programs, healthcare systems and community members alike were overwhelmed.
In order to mobilize a response to the sub-Saharan HIV/AIDS pandemic and support Africa’s hospice and palliative care programs’ ability to provide compassionate care, these U.S. leaders formed The Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa (FHSSA) in 1999. In 2004, FHSSA became an affiliate of the U.S.-based National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).
In 2014, we made the decision to build on the proven model of partnership that had been successful through FHSSA and changed our name to “Global Partners in Care.” Still fully committed to our partnerships in Africa, we are now expanding our reach based on the increasing need for hospice and palliative care services in other regions of the world. In fact, 80% of the global need for palliative care is in low- and middle-income countries. In addition, treatment of pain is inadequate in low- and middle-income countries. These countries, which represent 83% of world’s population, utilized a mere 8% of total morphine consumption worldwide. '