U.S. and International Organization Partner to Improve Access to Hospice and Palliative Care

Global Partners in Care announces new partnership between California hospice and healthcare organization in Malawi.

Dec 21, 2015, 10:02 ET from Global Partners in Care

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Global Partners in Care, an affiliate of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, is pleased to announce a new partnership between Hospice of the North Coast of Carlsbad, California and Nkhoma Hospital in Malawi.  The U.S. partner will work with their international partner to expand access to palliative care.

Sharon Lutz, executive director at Hospice of the North Coast says that when she visited Nkhoma Hospital in 2007, she learned the hospital had little in the way of medical supplies and medications. "During my very first trip to Malawi in 2007, I was very impressed with the resourcefulness of the people," Lutz says.  "The devastation of HIV was so evident but the people did not speak as if they had little hope." 

Global Partners in Care's innovative partnership initiative provides opportunities for U.S. hospice and palliative care organizations to make a commitment to support a hospice and palliative care organization in a developing country. 

Hospice of the North Coast and Nkhoma Hospital will work together and learn from one another. "I hope that through the resourcefulness of the Nkhoma hospital staff and the developing palliative team we can problem solve together," she says. "Their creativity in managing symptoms will be a learning experience for Hospice of the North Coast."

"Global Partners in Care is committed to supporting hospice and palliative care organizations globally," says Global Partners in Care Executive Director, John Mastrojohn. "A large percentage of the global need for palliative care is in low and middle income countries and we are eager to establish more partnerships in Africa and in other parts of the world where the need is great."

In addition to the partnership between Hospice of the North Coast and Nkhoma Hospital, four additional U.S. organizations signed partnership agreements in 2015, with health care organizations in Nepal, India, Uganda, and South Africa, bringing the total number of Global Partners in Care partnerships to 82.

At this time Global Partners in Care has hospice and palliative care organizations in Africa and India waiting to be partnered with an organization in the U.S. To learn more about international partnership opportunities and other ways to support Global Partners in Care, please visit the website at www.globalpartnersincare.org.

About Global Partners in Care

Global Partners in Care is an affiliate of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Its mission is building partnerships to enhance compassionate care globally and its vision is a world where individuals and families facing serious illness, death, and grief will experience the best that humankind can offer.

Contact:
Anita Brikman
Senior Vice President of Strategic Communications
abrikman@nhpco.org 
703-837-3154

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