Global Partnership Stories
EthiopiaHospice Ethiopia AssociationTennesseeCaris Healthcare, Lp
Caris Healthcare and Hospice of Ethiopia have been partners since 2007/8, and frequently communicate with each other sharing information to promote a better understanding of end-of-life care in each region. Caris systematically highlights its work with its international partner in Leadership Development Institute meetings and community publications. Recently, Caris' relationship with Hospice of Ethiopia was highlighted during a gala event with funds being raised through a silent auction. Caris team members often receive email alerts, PowerPoint presentations and other informational news from their international partner. Their partners provide the global perspective needed to balance the work Caris does on a local level in hospice care!
KenyaKenya Hospice and Palliative Care AssociationPennsylvaniaHospice & Community Care
Hospice and Community Care organized a one-day consignment shop to support its Partner, Kenya Hospice and Palliative Care Association. The event, called Spring Bling, was held at the hospice facility, and both staff and community members were invited. In seven hours, the event raised $1,200 and provided an excellent community outreach opportunity as well. By garnering increased community support, staff hopes to expand the event in the future.
MalawiMulanje Mission HospitalOntarioGlobal Palliative Care Initiative
This partnership is a landmark for Global Partners in Care, since as the inclusion of this Canadian healthcare workers’ group generated the first Canadian-African partnership in our history. Global Palliative Initiative (GPI) is a group of seven palliative care physicians and nurses from McMaster University in Ontario, who had been looking for opportunities to partner with an African hospice organization. In 2013, GPI’s search came to an end when it established a Partnership with Malawi’s Mulanje Mission Hospital (MMH). Founded in 1928, MMH’s palliative care staff (three full-time and five part-time) work in conjunction with a team of 200 volunteers. MMH provides outpatient, inpatient, home-based, and pediatric palliative care services. The organization recently became a palliative care clinical placement site for doctors and nurses with post-degree training in palliative care. With the aid of GPI, MMH will continue developing as a leader in African palliative care delivery.
Sierra LeoneThe Shepherd's HospiceKentuckyHosparus
Hosparus’ Senior Director of Counseling Services, Ellen Green, participated in Run to Remember,® the National Hospice Foundation’s athletic fundraising program. She ran the Carmel Marathon in Carmel, Indiana, on April 20, 2013. It was her first marathon, and she designated the funds she raised to Hosparus’ Partner, Shepherd’s Hospice in Mopola, Sierra Leone. Green says, “I have run five half-marathons in the past five years and I decided I wanted to try a full one. I know our sister hospice in Sierra Leone has many needs. I thought raising money for Shepherd’s Hospice would provide some additional motivation and inspiration for me as I continue my training.” Shepherd’s Hospice is headquartered in Sierra Leone’s capital city of Freetown and has a clinic in a rural part of the country. The organization is starting to build a new 10-bed clinic and hope that it will be done by the summer of 2014. Hosparus hopes to raise a total of $15,000 to help furnish the new clinic with much-needed medical equipment. (To learn more about Run to Remember, ® visit www.nationalhospicefoundation.org.)
TanzaniaIlembula Lutheran Hospital-Palliative Care ProgramColoradoHopeWest
Hospice of Western Colorado raised funds for its Partner that enabled Ilembula Lutheran Hospital to purchase 10 rough-road wheelchairs. The U.S. staff were inspired to raise these funds after they visited Ilembula and saw how hard it was for the patients to get around due to area’s rough terrain. With the new wheelchairs, patients’ quality of life will definitely improve.
TanzaniaNkoaranga Lutheran Hospital-Palliative Care ProgramMarylandGilchrist Hospice Care
Gilchrist Hospice Care says that its partnership with the Nkoaranga Lutheran Hospital Palliative Care Program is part of the organization’s fabric. U.S. staff make and sell crafts to benefit Nkoaranga and have a robust payroll deduction program that also generates funds for the developing country program. Gilchrest staff also make presentations to local community and church groups that have successfully raised funds for the Partnership — $30,0000 in 2010 alone! Gilchrist notes that the Partnering has also benefited its employees by helping them develop a greater awareness of global issues and an increased gratitude for what they have in the U.S.
Partners since 2009, the staff’s appreciation was intensified in 2010, when four Gilchrist staff visited their partner. The trip let the U.S. staff experience all aspects of Nkoaranga’s work as well as the Tanzanian culture. The travel team met with hospital leaders, visited patients, attended worship services, and visited the orphanage. Gilchest staff said the visit had a profound and life-changing impact on team members. They have a greater understanding of their Partner’s needs — and a greater appreciation for the good work they do despite the hardships posed by the rutted terrain, the limited access to effective pain medications, and the financial limitations posed by a limited budget and small staff. To really see the impact they were making, despite the seemingly insurmountable logistical and financial barriers, was awe-inspiring.
TanzaniaSelian Lutheran HospiceColoradoThe Denver Hospice
The Denver Hospice and Selian Lutheran Hospice have been partnered since 2001. During that time, The Denver Hospice has raised approximately $500,000 for Selina, including funds for an office and training center, three vehicles, and a motorcycle. But financial support is only one aspect of the partnership. Just as important are moral support, friendship, and education. They communicate regularly with each other, and Selian staff know that someone cares about them and supports their work. Over the years, the relationship has deepened and broadened through exchange visits in both directions and working on projects together. Projects have included introduction of bereavement support and expansion of pediatric hospice care and children’s support programs.
UgandaKawempe Home CareNew JerseySamaritan Healthcare & Hospice
In 2013, a team of staff and volunteers from Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice travelled 8,000 miles to see first-hand what impact its Partnership had had in Kampala, Uganda. The U.S. team included a physician, two social workers, two nurses, a massage therapist and two volunteers. The visit had a significant impact on the U.S. staff, who returned home more enthusiastic than ever about increasing their support for Kawempe’s mission. The Partners engage in similar exchanges every year, having found that the visits provide a unique opportunity to develop a partnership based on the goal of idea-sharing, professional exchanges, technical assistance, educational development and organization support.
UgandaPalliative Care Association of UgandaIndianaCenter For Hospice Care
The Center for Hospice Care worked with its Partner, the Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU), and the University of Notre Dame’s Film School to produce Okuyamba. This powerful film follows a palliative care nurse as she travels throughout Uganda training, supporting, and encouraging other palliative care professionals. Viewers get a glimpse into the harsh realities of living in a small, poverty-stricken East African country where many people never see a doctor. The movie is being used to raise both awareness and funds for the Center and PCAU. A Center volunteer recently spent three months working with PCAU’s National Coordinator to launch a new palliative care district in Uganda and coordinate U.S. staff donations that successfully funded for two new palliative care providers.
UgandaMbale Regional HospitalColoradoOptum Palliative and Hospice Care
Samaritan’s fundraising activities for their partners in Uganda, the Kawempe Home Care, has raised over $18K dollars in 2014! These activities included Bowling for Kawempe Night, Bingo for Kawempe Night, and a special year-round program called Beads for Education which supports school tuition and educational services for the children of Kawempe’s Home Care community. The fundraising events allowed the Samaritan Health Care Hospice to donate two laptops, and other electronic accessories for their partner! Proceeds have enabled Kawempe to purchase a used four-wheel-drive to help their staff better access the patients and families that live in distant regions.
SHH has also sponsored the annual tuition for ten children who are family of KHC patients who are too poor and ill to pay for the children’s schooling.
Samaritan’s efforts to help their international partner have created a positive impact to Kawempe’s entire community.
South AfricaGrahamstown HospiceFloridaHaven Hospice
Five ambassadors from Haven Hospice visited their Partner in South Africa. During their trip, the ambassadors participated in support groups, homecare visits, and the triennial African Palliative Care Association / Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa conference in Johannesburg. The staff found the experience to be life-changing and inspirational; they returned to the U.S. dedicated to engaging others in supporting Grahamstown Hospice’s efforts to bring compassionate care to South African patients and families.
South AfricaKhanya HospicePennsylvaniaVITAS Innovative Hospice Care Of Philadelphia
Collaborating with the Southeast Region of Hospice Volunteer Coordinators, a group of Volunteer Managers representing nearly 25 hospices, VITAS Philadelphia has held an annual raffle since 2006. There recent event collected over $2,500 in donations to benefit Khanya Hospice Association in South Africa.
South AfricaGrahamstown HospiceFloridaHaven Hospice
Haven Hospice donated over $29K in 2014 for to their international partner, Grahamstown Hospice and they aim to raise more each year. Their fundraising programs include One Makes the Difference, ViVIA!, Just Because Campaign, dedicated holiday fundraisers and special fundraising events at the annual employee retreat, Day Away. In addition to fundraising proceeds, more than 400 toys and games were donated from Haven staff to Grahamstown.
The goal in 2015 is to purchase a vehicle through a partnership with Haven Hospice and several Rotary organizations in northern Florida. The vehicle will be donated to their partner in South Africa as they still have trouble reaching all their patients because of difficult terrain. Haven Hospice has visited Grahamstown in an effort to learn more about end-of-life care in South Africa, and has shared the information they learned within their own community. They wish to continue to strengthen their relationship with their partner and exceed an annual gift of $30,000 in 2015!
South AfricaZululand HospiceNew YorkLifetime Care Hospice
Lifetime Care Hospice and Zululand Hospice have been partners since 2003 and their relationship has been strong ever since! Lifetime Care Hospice raised $14K to support their international partner by selling crafts, pictures, paintings, and fabric bought in South Africa.
In 2014, during a partner visit, a Lifetime Care staff member drove their rental vehicle to transport a Zululand Hospice nurse and a care worker 150 kilometers to give IM Kanamycin to HIV positive patients who had multi-drug resistant TB. At the end the international partner provided a traditional Zulu lunch for the Lifetime Care team!
In May 2014, 13 Lifetime Care staff members worked at a South African orphanage transforming an unused chicken house into a central kitchen, dining and homework area! When the team returned to the United States they were able to procure a sponsor for each of the 30 children at the orphanage. They continue to communicate with the children, and donate $10 a month to the orphanage.
This partnership has been successful and beneficial for both hospices!