APCA at work in Africa

The reality of diseases such as cancer and HIV and AIDS in Africa is that many millions of adults and children lose all quality of life and suffer long, painful deaths. This suffering is completely unnecessary and by promoting palliative care the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) aims to stop it.

"My life was gone but they brought me hope"

"I've been taking morphine since 2007," says Anne Nakate (above, centre), who has a lemon-sized cancer tumour behind her ear. "The nurses work with me to manage my pain. My life was gone but they brought me hope. Now I can continue with my daily activities, move around, eat. My life is back."

That's what palliative care does. By providing specialist support for people with illnesses from which they won't recover it restores dignity and prevents unnecessary suffering. It can also give people back their lives - with the right treatment many can live fulfilling and productive lives for years to come. Palliative care is the kind of care we'd all want for ourselves and our families. But many millions of people in Africa who need this care don't get it. Together we can make sure they do.

In sub-Saharan Africa there are two million AIDs-related deaths every year. Most people die without access to adequate care and pain control



APCA take part in the ICPCN Mumbai Conference in Children's Palliative Care

The ICPCN held their first International Conference on Children's Palliative Care in Mumbai in February 2014, APCA were represented at the meeting by Fatia Kiyange read more..

Dr Mike Johnson is injured prior to the Virgin London Marathon

Dr Mike Johnson, a Consultant Orthopedic and Trauma Surgeon from Edinburgh was running the London Marathon in aid of APCA UK - unfortunately he has been injured and is unable to run so our place in the marathon has been transferred to 2015. read more..

Prof. Scott Murray reflects on Lessons from Africa

In an amazing feet of endurance Dr Andy Murray took on a series of epic challenges in Africa in aid of APCA UK, and Scott reflects on that challenge read more..

The APCA/HPCA Conference!

The APCA/HPCA conference was a real success with many people coming together to share what is happening with palliative care in Africa  read more..


"I can take care of myself again"

Margaret Mbabazi

Margaret Mbabazi, aged 34

Margaret is HIV positive and has been crippled by resulting illnesses. Palliative care has transformed her quality of life. "Before I received palliative care, my body was covered in pressure sores from lying down all the time - I couldn't even sit. But now I can sit up and my sores are almost completely healed. I can take care of myself again, brushing my teeth, combing my hair. I try to lift myself to a standing position every day - I'm almost there. Next time you come back, I'll be walking!"

Charity registration number 1134483. Company registration number 7053625.