Centre for Palliative Care, Nigeria (CPCN)
We provide comprehensive hospice and palliative care services to patients as well as develop palliative care education and research in Nigeria.
The Centre for Palliative Care, Nigeria (CPCN) is a non-governmental and not – for – profit organization. Activities of its pioneer members commenced in 1996 and CPCN was registered as a body with the Corporate Affairs Commission in 2005 (CAC/IT/19744). Its mission is to provide comprehensive hospice and palliative care services to patients and their families as well as promote palliative care education and research in Nigeria. Members include multidisciplinary health professionals and other volunteers.
CPCN has been involved with the Federal Ministry of Health and other International organizations on various aspects of Cancer care including awareness, early detection, advocacy and ongoing training of multidisciplinary Health Professionals in pain and Palliative care . The 5 week Health Professionals’ palliative care initiator’s Course usually available in Uganda was anchored in Nigeria for the first time by CPCN in 2013. Members of the organization have been at the fore-front of advocacy for availability of oral Morphine for effective and affordable cancer pain management in Nigeria. In collaboration with the University College Hospital, Ibadan in 2007, CPCN facilitated the establishment of the first Hospice and Palliative care department within a Tertiary health facility in Nigeria. The service offers holistic palliative care for adults and children in hospital, clinic and home settings.The Centre’s collaborative activities were also instrumental to the inclusion of pain and palliative care module into the revised undergraduate medical students’ curriculum of the University of Ibadan and other institutions.
CPCN has been engaged in training of over 600 health professionals in palliative care across 26 States of Nigeria and ‘start-up’ palliative care service development in hospitals including National Hospital ,Abuja, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, LadokeAkintola University teaching hospital, Oshogbo, University of Port Harcourt Teaching hospital and Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu.The organization also co-ordinates clinical placement/research programs on palliative care for health professionals from Nigeria and other countries. Thus CPCN has a record of accomplishment of training in palliative care for Health Professionals (including postgraduate students) and individuals/ Volunteers.. In addition, our training has been designed to build and strengthen the skills of trainees and then help them develop competencies in culturally appropriate palliative care services. The organization is also a foundation member of the Hospice and Palliative care Association, Nigeria (HPCAN).
To enhance effective pain management and quality palliative care for individuals in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa.
To provide comprehensive hospice and palliative care services to patients as well as develop palliative care education and research in Nigeria.
Promote the establishment of model palliative care services in Nigeria
Promote training in palliative care and the incorporation into training curriculum of health professionals
Develop palliative care training programmes suitable for Nigeria and other Sub-Saharan African countries.
Develop standardized palliative care guidelines and protocols for different levels of health care service
Promote the availability of affordable palliative care drugs for all in need of them
Promote and support relevant research in palliative care in Nigeria and Africa as whole.
Build capacity for carers and volunteers in palliative care
Work in collaboration with the Ministries of Health and other line ministries ( State and Federal), and development agencies to foster palliative care training and affordable service
Develop linkage/ network for exchange programmes and fellowship
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
PROF Olaitan. A SOYANNWO
PROF IkeOluwapo. O AJAYI
DR ADENIKE ONIBOKUN
PROF. Simbo.D. AMANOR-BOADU
PROF A. ADENIPEKUN
PROF A. OGUNNIYI
PROF E.A .LUFADEJU
MRS MOPELADE OYETUNJI
PROF ANNE MERRIMAN
PROF OLAJIDE AJAYI
PROF FOLASADE AKINKUGBE
DR OLADOYIN ODUBANJO
MRS OLUFUNMILOLA KOGBODOKU
The Centre, since inception has been collaborating with University College Hospital, (UCH) Ibadan, University of Ibadan and other National / International institutions and Organizations. The Centre for Palliative Care, Nigeria (CPCN), in collaboration with the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan established a Hospice & Palliative care program. The UCH Palliative care Unit, commissioned on July 19th 2007 is the first of its kind in Nigeria and has been nurtured to a hospital department by 2016.
CPCN and the UCH Palliative care Unit has maintained regular activities on education and training, home-based care visits, hospital care, provision of palliative care services at the day care centre, palliative care pain clinic and counseling clinic. This care is comprehensive and holistic, incorporatingpain and symptoms control, counseling, relaxation, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, financial, social, spiritual support services. Over 2000 patients facing the challenges of life-limiting illnesses including children have have received care. Its efforts have led to training of over 600 health professionals in Palliative Care.
The centre’s collaborative activities were also instrumental to the inclusion of pain and palliative care module into the revised undergraduate medical students’ curriculum of the University of Ibadan. The CPCN, UCH Team was the first to introduce use of oral morphine for severe cancer pain management in the country as recommended by World Health Organization (WHO). The morphine is prepared at the hospital pharmacy. To date CPCN has initiated the formal establishment of palliative care services in five (5) other teaching hospitals in Nigeria. Staff fromf Federal government hospitals in 26 States of the country have received training through CPCN and more than 50% of the centres have commenced Palliative Care Services.
Centre for Palliative Care Nigeria has a record of accomplishment of public sensitization, training in palliative care for Health Professionals, individuals and Volunteers.. In addition, our training has been designed to build and strengthen the skills of trainees and then help them develop competencies in culturally appropriate palliative care services