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