Time to apply for African Palliative Care awards
Awards for policy, advocacy and media
It’s time for people and institutions involved in promoting improved access to palliative care in Africa to put themselves forward for prestigious African Palliative Care Association (APCA) awards. With funding from the Open Society Foundations (OSF), APCA is looking for nominees for both the 2013 Palliative Care Public Health Policy and Advocacy Awards for Africa, and the Palliative Care Journalist Awards for Africa.
The policy and advocacy awards seek to recognise the cumulative contributions of an African Ministry of Health, an individual and an institution, whose public policy advocacy efforts at the national, regional, or international level have improved patient access to palliative care in Africa.
The winning Public Health Policy Award for an African Ministry of Health will be awarded a plaque and an all-expenses-paid trip for one representative to the APCA-HPCA (Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa) conference in Johannesburg from 17-20 September.
Entitled Spanning Diseases, Crossing Borders: 2013, the conference is about coming together to improve the lives of African patients living with life-threatening illnesses through innovation and dialogue – about strengthening the health care systems that African patients and their families rely upon for physical, social, psychological and emotional support.
The institutional Advocacy Award winner will receive US$750 and an all-expenses-paid trip for the executive director or founder to the conference, while the individual Advocacy Award winner will pocket US$500 and receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the conference.
Meanwhile, the 2013 APCA Palliative Care Journalist Award for Africa seeks to recognise the best coverage of issues pertaining to palliative care in Africa, meeting the WHO’s definition of palliative care.
The award is open to print, broadcast and online journalists who have reported on palliative care issues in 2012/13. This could include a radio report on a local hospice or palliative care project, a news article addressing the physical, social, psychological and spiritual impact on patients, or a television report on the effects of palliative care on local communities, for example. Reports should demonstrate relevance to local and/or regional communities in Africa.
The winners will be presented with their awards during the joint APCA-HPCA)conference in Johannesburg. The overall winner will received US$1,500 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the conference, while the media house that carried the winning report will receive US$500.
Runners-up will receive US$750, US$500 and US$250 as well as all-expenses-paid trips to the conference.
The deadline for both awards is 17.00 GMT on July 31st, 2013.