FROM THE PRESIDENST'S DESK
Dear Members and Friends.
The year 2018 has gone and we welcome 2019 with hope. The Centre for Palliative Care, Nigeria (CPCN) development in the last twelve years has been relatively progressive despite the challenges.
In the past few years we continued with our collaborative ventures with the University College Hospital (UCH), Hospice and Palliative Care Unit, the first of its kind in Nigeria. This Unit became a full hospital department in — 2017. CPCN made itself more visible at both the local, national and international levels in the area of clinical service, especially in the provision of Home Based Care and Care of children with life limiting illnesses. With CPCN assistance, the UCH unit has become a viable Centre for clinical attachment and internship for both undergraduate and post graduate students from Nigeria and other countries. Members of CPCN continued to be key resource persons and committee members of the national ‘Pain free Hospital Initiative’ (PFHI), a project of the American Cancer Society in which UCH is one of the first four participating Federal Government Hospitals.
We believe in Universal Health Coverage (UHC), a target of the Global Goal for Health. Hospice and PC services, with an important aim to relieve suffering and to improve quality of life for adults and children affected by life threatening and life limiting illnesses.
Our partnership with some organizations were strengthened through visitation such as my visit to Hospice Orlando, Florida in September 2015, We look forward to more years of fruitful collaborations and networking. The organization is forging ahead with its local partnerships in moving palliative care to the community level and country at large.
We rely heavily on support from all our members, wonderful friends and look forward to the continuity of such in 2019.