NewsLine - September 2010 - (Page S1)

Quarter 3, 2010 FOCUS H ON COMPASSION a quarterly newsletter FHSSA Champions offer new opportunities to support those providing hospice and palliative care in Africa ospice and palliative care organizations across Africa have a diverse array of needs that when met can have a direct impact on the patients they serve. FHSSA’s program partnerships offer US and African organizations a long-term opportunity to work together to form a relationship in which each organization can grow. In an effort to expand upon some of the successes of FHSSA’s program partners and to offer another option for individuals, groups, and organizations who are not able to commit to a program partnership, FHSSA is now offering a new way to support our colleagues in Africa through FHSSA Champions. FHSSA Champions work to raise funds to support a specific project or goal of an African organization in great need. Champions differ from program partners in that their commitment is for a part or the whole of a onetime purchase or project. FHSSA Champions can also come in all types from an inspired individual wanting to make a difference globally, to a hospice who is not ready to commit to a program partnership, to a school or business seeking to support compassionate care in Africa. There are a variety of opportunities for FHSSA Champions. FHSSA Champions will impact our African partner organizations by raising funds and awareness for items such as vehicles, medications, or supplies as well as continued education and trainings. One specific Champion opportunity is outlined in the following description. To become a FHSSA Champion please visit and click on “Get Involved.” Champions for a vehicle to support palliative care outreach in rural Tanzania FHSSA partners with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania to train and support palliative care teams at rural hospitals. At each of the sites a nurse and assistant working with doctors reach out with community volunteers to provide much needed physical, psychosocial and spiritual care to those living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Often the patients live miles from the hospital with no easy transportation to get them there for services or to get the palliative care teams to the patients. Much needed vehicles will support the palliative care teams’ efforts to expand the areas that they can reach and the number of clients they can see in a day. It also allows the team to bring patients to the hospital if inpatient services are needed. One hospital in Tanzania is in great need of a vehicle to help them in their work. Bunda Hospital, near the Kenyan border and Lake Victoria, serves a geographically difficult-to-reach population. The Palliative Care Team at this hospital provides services to over 900 patients and could be so much more effective in the outreach and support if they had access to a vehicle. The sum needed for Bunda’s vehicle is $20,000. 1

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NewsLine - September 2010

Transitions: Challenging the Traditional Healthcare Mindset
A Message From Don
Leadership Training in This Economy? You Bet
Circle of Life Award Winners
Program Spotlight: Hospice of the Comforter
NASW Congress: Social Workers Look to the Future
People and Places
PSAs for Cable or Television
NHPCO’s Upcoming Educational Offerings
This Year’s Hospice Month Quilt is Here!
FHSSA’s Quarterly Newsletter

NewsLine - September 2010