2020 Developing Countries Pain Education Grant

Improving Cancer Pain Management in Seven New Cancer Treatment Centers in Kenya

Cancer pain in Kenya is often poorly managed due, in part, to inadequate healthcare professional knowledge. The development of public cancer hospitals where care is provided by primary healthcare providers affords an opportunity to improve cancer pain management. This innovative program that is multidisciplinary and includes both a three-day didactic educational session followed by experiential learning in hospices or palliative care programs has the potential to significantly reduce pain and suffering in people with cancer in Kenya.

About the Organizer:

Dr Zipporah (Zippy) Ali, MD, MPH, MPC, HonDUniv, is the Executive Director or of Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA). She serves on the board of several organizations including; International Children’s Palliative Care Network, Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance and City Cancer Challenge, Public Health, Palliative Care International and Alzheimer/Dementia and Kenya Cancer Association.  

Zipporah is involved in advocacy and creating awareness on pain relief and palliative care in Kenya for children and adults. In her leadership role as the Executive Director for KEHPCA, she has been instrumental in fostering strong relationships with the Ministry of Health to integrate palliative care into government hospitals. She has also been instrumental in advocating for palliative care to be integrated in undergraduate medical and nursing schools in Kenya.

Zipporah holds an MD from Ege University, Izmir, Turkey, a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Nairobi, a Higher Diploma in Palliative Care from Oxford Brookes University and a Masters in Palliative Care from the University of Dundee. She has completed the International Pain Policy Fellow program with the International Pain Policy Studies Group (WHO Collaborating Centre for Policy and Communication in Cancer Care, University of Wisconsin) as well as the International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative at The Institute of Palliative Medicine at the San Diego Hospice.