A warm welcome to our 5th International Palliative Care Conference in Africa, co-hosted in Kampala from August 16-19 by the African Palliative Care Association and the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance.

The conference theme, “Hospice and Palliative Care: Resolution to Action” echoes our vision to disseminate ideas and research evidence for how to move to action faster and more effectively in wake of the 2014 World Health Assembly Resolution on palliative care.

While these commitments were made at the global and national levels, it is now time to look at what is happening on the ground and determine how we can increase action on the resolution.

At the conference, we will examine the evidence closely. While recognising different contexts, we will focus on learning in all directions highlighting where practitioners have got it right so far and the challenges they face --whether that is in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe or the Middle East.

We are committed to practical outputs on how this resolution can be used to significantly increase the quality of life of patients and their families all around the world.

We need to join together, share and learn from each other to ensure patients on our watch receive services that reflect the dignity and quality of life that match their worth. The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance and the African Palliative Care Association look forward to welcoming you to Kampala.

For more information, please visit the conference website.          

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