Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association
Dr Zipporah Ali is the national coordinator of Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) and a board member of APCA (African Palliative Care Association). She was among those who received the APCA award for her contributions to palliative care in Africa and her work on the inaugural board of APCA. She is also an member of the board of the Kenya Cancer Association. Dr. Ali first became involved in hospice work as a volunteer in 1994 at the Nairobi Hospice. During this time, she developed an interest in palliative care and attended short courses on palliative care both in Nairobi and the UK. She joined the Nairobi Hospice as a full time employee in 1996 as the medical officer and was later promoted to the post of senior medical officer. She decided to become a full time palliative care doctor and pursue a higher diploma course in palliative care offered by Oxford Brookes University in conjunction with Nairobi Hospice. At that time, she was the first and only Kenyan doctor to practice palliative care on a full time basis. Dr. Ali plays an important role in education and training of health care professionals in palliative care and is part of the teaching team with the Oxford Brookes University - Nairobi Hospice. She also lectures to medical students at the University of Nairobi. Dr. Ali is also involved in advocacy and creating awareness of palliative care in Kenya.
Hospice and Palliative Care