We believe that palliative care working alongside compassionate communities multiplies the ability to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable in our communities. Anyone given a life-threatening diagnosis should have access to the care and support required to navigate their journey – whether that be curative or end-of-life.
In South Africa, most palliative care services are offered via APCC members, many of whom refer to themselves as hospices. They are non-profit organisations and reliant on fund-raising for their sustainability.
“Fuel is essential in our daily lives. When there is no money for petrol, the care team at Tshupe Hospice in Rustenburg set off on foot to the nearby townships, which are up to 5kms away. Our staff do not feel safe when they are travelling on foot, but they are committed to their patients, so they take these risks nonetheless.”
Comfort Kagiso, Fundraiser at Tshupe Hospice in Rustenburg