African Palliative Care Nurses Scholarship Fund
The African Palliative Care Association (APCA) in partnership with FHSSA (previously the Foundation for Hospices in Sub Saharan Africa) provides a limited number of scholarships each year for Palliative Care Training opportunities for nurses. The Scholarship fund was established by a generous anonymous donation in honor of Kath Defilippi, the founding Board Chair of the African Palliative Care Association to recognize her many career achievements as a nurse in hospice and palliative care in Africa.
Scholarships are awarded up to a maximum of US$ 4,000 through a competitive application process once a year. APCA and FHSSA give priority to requests of Registered and Enrolled nurses to pursue formal palliative care training in Africa. They are also willing to potentially consider one scholarship for a distance Learning Masters programme, when necessary for the career objective of the student (i.e. Registered or Enrolled Nurse) and in line with palliative care development in Africa. Application requests will also be considered for travel for palliative care conferences judged to be of interest to the development of palliative care in Africa.
Rationale of the Scholarships
Palliative care education should target a diverse audience (e.g. policy makers, health care workers and the general public) to increase their awareness, skills and knowledge of, and to change their attitudes, towards palliative care. One critically important group is nurses who are at the forefront of care, and are present at all levels of the health care system from the community to the facilities. Indeed, for the vast majority of patients across Africa, and especially in rural areas, nurses are the only health care professionals available to tend to a myriad of care needs.
The role of the nurse in palliative care is not limited to the provision of care only. Nurses also play a vital role in education and mentorship for students, patients, families and community health workers. However, despite this, the inadequate incorporation of palliative care into the pre-service (undergraduate) training of nurses, the lack of clear career pathways for nurses interested in specialising in palliative care and lack of recognition of palliative care qualifications by local ministries of health and education continues to be a challenge. As palliative care gets integrated into the Nurse’s curricula across Africa, an effort being supported through APCA, the need for qualified lecturers and tutors in this discipline has become obvious in countries like Kenya, Malawi and Botswana among others.
What the Scholarship fund will Support in 2012
The Scholarship fund will support:
A contribution of up to US$4,000 per person for palliative care education and training at recognised institutions in Africa for Enrolled and Registered Nurses. Training programmes which the Scholarship supports include:
- Bachelor of Science in Palliative Care (Degree)
- Distance Learning Diploma in Palliative Care
- Palliative care initiators course
- Nurse prescribers’ training
Additionally, the fund will make available sponsorship of a maximum of US$500 per person for approximately 5 nurses to attend and make a presentation to targeted national and international conferences on palliative care with an objective of improving their presentation skills and giving them an opportunity to interact with other Palliative Care providers.
A contribution of up to USD $4,000 to one distance learning Masters training in palliative care may be considered in the year.
Note: this list is not exhaustive and is presented as an indication of what the fund will cover. Other appropriate training opportunities within Africa for nurses related to palliative care may also be considered for funding.
- Announcement of Scholarship Fund for 2012- 15th February 2012
- Upload material on the APCA website– 15th February 2012
- Application deadline closes: -30th April 2012
- Selection process completed:-15th June 2012
- Candidates informed: 30th June 2012
- Scholarships Awarded-06th July 2012
- Be a Registered Nurse or an Enrolled Nurse residing and practicing in Africa and with evidence that they will be able to continue providing palliative care after their training (please provide a supporting letter from head of your institution confirming this).
- Have applied for the course they intend to pursue (where they have an acceptance this should be attached to the application)
- Legibly complete the application form and attach all supporting documents requested
Issues to note in regard to the application process
- All offers are conditional on applicants securing admission to the training institution and will only be awarded when this confirmation is received. Should the candidate not be accepted, the scholarship will be awarded to another candidate.
- Successful applicants should be ready to commence the training in 2012
- For those intending to apply for a scholarship for a distance provided Masters, they should be already enrolled on a course and have completed at least one semester of studies and note that only one scholarship opportunity is potentially available. Those requesting for funding to cover their last year of study will be given priority
How to apply and the application Process
Applicants must complete the application form available online on both the here and FHSSA websites whose addresses are provided below. Applicants must complete all the sections of the form and provide the supporting documents required. Please note that all applications may be completed in English, French or Portuguese and should be legible and be submitted before the closing date. Any incomplete or illegible or late application will risk not being reviewed.
Filled application forms and enquiries should be emailed to: David Kagoro Byaruhanga on. firstname.lastname@example.org by 30th April 2012 and receipt will be acknowledged.
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