HOSPAZ’s mission is to promote palliative care and support palliative care and support palliative care providers through capacity development, advocacy and membership development. Thus the services provided by HOSPAZ mainly focus achieving its mission in line with its strategy for 2014 – 2018.
In line with its vision and mandate HOSPAZ advocates for palliative care for all, access to resources, services and holistic quality care, by representing its members at national, regional and international forums. Currently HOSPAZ is undertaking palliative care advocacy to put palliative care high on the national health agenda, in line with the WHA Resolution on Palliative Care (2014). So far this has entailed engaging high level partners including WHO and MOHCC, screening children’s palliative care documentaries (e.g. “Little Stars”) to various audiences, commemorating the internationally acclaimed World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, engaging the media, and establishing the national palliative care technical working group (TWG). The national palliative care TWG, spearheaded by HOSPAZ, has been instrumental in lobbying government and policymakers for the inclusion of palliative care on the National Health Strategy. At local level, through its partners, HOSPAZ engages ward and district level community leadership in matters concerning improving access to palliative care. More information…
Training, Mentoring and Support
Working in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC), HOSPAZ has been at the fore-front of developing the National Palliative Care Training Curriculum and Manual, other training packages, tools and relevant information material. The HOSPAZ approach to capacity building its members through training entails training of trainers, and thereafter coordinating and supporting them to cascade training within their organisations and communities. Mentoring and support visits are conducted to provide members technical support, in order to enhance caring skills. HOSPAZ also provides palliative care training on request for its strategic partners. For instance, HOSPAZ has recently conducted psychosocial and palliative care training for SOS Bindura.
Setting, Recommending and Monitoring Standards of Palliative Care
The standards of care are part of an ongoing effort to provide quality services for patients, their families, bereaved children and adults in Zimbabwe. HOSPAZ in partnership with key stakeholders spearheaded the development of National CHBC Standards, National Palliative Care Standards, National Volunteer Policy, and the National Palliative Care Policy.
HOSPAZ not only develops tools and guidelines, collect data and analyze it for improving or influencing programming, but also packages information which are shared with local membership, as well as national, regional and international stakeholders. In addition, the organisation coordinates and manages the flow of information generated within and outside the organisation.
Through various projects and forums including membership meetings, HOSPAZ provides support to organisations and individuals who require organizational and individual technical assistance. While HOSPAZ does not provide direct care to clients, their mandate is carried out through its member organisations. This involves linking clients with services, or services with resources and potential funding partners.
One of the four pillars in the Circle of Care for Palliative Care services is providing socio-economic support for adults and children affected by illness. HOSPAZ facilitates the provision of economic strengthening interventions for affected families through its pool of trained community based cadres who work closely with government officials and CBO. Primary interventions under the Household economic strengthening thematic area are:
- Capacity building of CBO staff, community cadres and families on Internal Savings and Lending Schemes (ISALs) to promote the culture of savings amongst community members.
- Building entrepreneurial skills and increasing incomes of families through the training on Selection, Planning and Management of viable income generating projects.
- Promote household investment in productive assets such as livestock.
- Enhance food and nutrition security for families through low input community nutrition gardens, on-farm production activities and valued addition training incorporating vegetable and fruit processing.
- Linking families to services that include financial and insurance service providers
- Promoting positive parenting through family club meetings