This month the focus for prayer is on Palliative Care projects supported by EMMS International.
In Malawi the partnership is with the Palliative Care Support Trust (PCST) which includes the work of the Umodzi clinic for children and the Tiyanjane clinic for adults which have been providing palliative care services at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) since 2001. Both clinics operate within QECH under the direction of PCST in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the College of Medicine, Malawi's only medical school.
Cornelius Huwa, Director of PCST, requests prayer for the following issues
Malawi is currently going through difficult times economically. Poverty fuels many ills in the communities. The sick are given less attention as the healthy ones are battling to survive.
The aim of Malawian education and training for HIV and other diseases (METHOD) is to grow palliative care provision across Malawi through pain relief, end-of-life care and support for the wider family. This is the result of the generous support of the Sunday's Child appeal and match funding from the UK government.
It is hoped that by the end of the project, there will be 40 nurses and clinical officers training for a degree in palliative care, over 500 workers given some training palliative care and 41,385 people cared for at home.
In India in 2010 it was estimated that 800,000 people are diagnosed with incurable cancer each year, and a similar number with other incurable diseases but studies suggest that only 2% of people have access to the care they need.
The healthcare system hasn’t the resources and the poorest communities are hit hardest. Providing good quality care at the end of life is essential if people are to be given the chance to die with comfort and dignity. Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) seeks to do this through their palliative care teams and Dr Ann Thyle requests prayer for the following: