Palliative care training in Africa has been a hospice function since hospices first appeared in Africa with the opening of the Island Hospice and Bereavement service in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1979, St Luke's Hospice, Cape Town, and Highway Hospice, Durban in 1980. The initial palliative care training was for volunteers as caregivers and bereavement carers. From small beginnings and individual hospice training programmes, palliative care training in Africa has developed so that it is now a formal part of nursing and medical training. Further developments have included recognition and support from national governments to engage palliative care trainers in providing training to staff within hospitals and clinics. This will improve the access to palliative care for patients and families facing the diagnosis of life-threatening illness.
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