Hospice Care In Tanzania
US-African Hospice Partnerships are helping to develop hospice care in Africa. Global Partners In Care, a program of NHPCO, helps to connect and support these partnerships. Since 2001, The Denver Hospice has had a partnership with Selian Lutheran Hospice in Arusha, Tanzania. Being partnered with an African hospice involves a two-way exchange of ideas, staff, and approaches to hospice, as well as a commitment by the US hospice to give moral, educational and financial support. Selian cares for an average of over 5,000 patients with only 16 professional staff and nearly 300 volunteers. The majority of Selian patients are HIV positive and many of those also have TB. Selian provides medications, basic food supplies, and social and spiritual support. They also provide support to thousands of orphans and vulnerable children in the area.
The Selian model of home hospice care has been replicated throughout Tanzania. 16 new hospice programs were started from 2006 - 2010 through a USAID grant. Selian has served as a clinical training center for these new hospice programs, and they continue to train hospice and palliative care professionals and volunteers from around the region. The influence of Selian hospice is spreading not just in their own service area, but throughout Tanzania and even elsewhere in Africa.