Introduction to Palliative Care Course

To deliver basic training in palliative care to healthcare and social care personnel and to promote the use of a multidisciplinary approach to palliative care.

No. of Modules: 6

Course Duration: 24 Hours

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Language: English

Enrolment: 7

Course Validity: 13 June 2022 – 13 June 2024

About this course

Access Course

This course includes two payment options: 

  1.     1. Pay for the entire course: 
      Access all the modules in a systematic way
      Get a Course Completion Certificate after successfully going through all the modules
      Get 10 CPD points token - for KMPDC members
      Use the completion certificate to claim up to 24 CPD points for other cadres

  1.     2. Pay per module:
      Access any module of your choice and its sub-modules therein
      Get an activity completion certificate for each successfully completed sub-module
      Get 2 CPD points for each successfully completed sub-module automatically updated to your iCPD profile - for KMPDC members
      Use the activity completion certificate to claim 1 CPD point for each successfully completed sub-module - for all other cadres
*For international users, use the certificates acquired to claim CPD points per your country's CPD awarding guidelines.

The World Health Organization (WHO) describes palliative care as an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illnesses, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial, and spiritual. Each year, 40 million people are estimated to be in need of palliative care with 78% of these people living in low and middle-income countries. In spite of this, only about 14% of people worldwide who need palliative care currently receive it. Given these statistics, it is evident that adequate training on palliative care among health care professionals is essential in improving access to palliative care.
This course aims at delivering basic training in palliative care to health care and social care workers and promoting the use of a multidisciplinary approach to palliative care. The course tackles a wide array of topics categorized under 6 modules which will serve to:
  1. Introduce trainees to palliative care
  2. Provide knowledge and skills on effective communication in palliative care
  3. Equip trainees with knowledge and skills necessary for the assessment and management of common symptoms in palliative care and the assessment and management of pain
  4. Familiarize trainees with the common psychosocial and spiritual problems that people with life-threatening illnesses face and how they can be managed
  5. Improve comprehension of the elements that reinforce sustainability in palliative care services

Course Details

Benefits for learners:
  •     Evidence-based latest clinical recommendations
  •     Continued professional development and learning
  •     E-Certificate awarded
  •     Course Delivery: Online modular platform hosted by Daktari Online
  •     CPD Accreditation: All KMPDC, COC, NCK MEMBERS 
  •     Endorsed by:  Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA)
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Course Instructor(s)

Zipporah Ali

The first Executive Director of Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA), a position she held for 15 years. She is the current chair of the NCD Alliance Kenya and the Vice President of AORTIC East Africa. She serves on national and international boards. 

Hellen Kariuki

Strong leader with academic, program management, research and training background in Medical Physiology, Health and Wellness and Palliative Care. Senior Lecturer in the Department of Medical Physiology University of Nairobi, Oxford Brooks University and Daystar University. Member of the academic board of the schools in the college of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi. 


1. Introduction to Palliative Care

2. Effective Communication in Palliative Care

3. Assessment and Management of Common Symptoms

4. Pain Assessment and Management

5. Psycho-Social and Spiritual Issues in Palliative Care

6. Developing and Sustaining Palliative Care Services

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