2014 New York City Fund-Raising Reception

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Arent Fox Law Firm, 34th Floor
1675 Broadway (at52nd St.), New York, NY 10019 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Dr. Joseph O’Neill will be the featured speaker at this year’s Reception. Please join us to welcome this pioneer of palliative care and global health. We also will hear stories from the field from Val Maasdorp, the Clinical Director of Island Hospice Service in Zimbabwe. Use the attached FLYER to assist AHI in publicizing the Event, becoming a Sponsor, and purchasing tickets. Contributions welcome.

Guest Speakers

Dr. Joseph F. O'Neill, M.D., M.S., M.P.H.

Architect of PEPFAR, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief; global HIV and palliative care clinical expert. Dr. O'Neill directed the national Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act program that provides medical care and treatment, social services, and pharmaceuticals to people living with HIV/AIDS throughout the United States. He then became the Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy where he designed President Bush's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest global health initiative in history. Joe serves on many Boards and advisory bodies supporting palliative care, including the Board of Directors of the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) and multiple innovative start-ups. He is currently a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland at the Institute of Human Virology, and is a recognized expert in clinical and palliative care for persons living with HIV/AIDS.

Valerie A. Maasdorp, B. Soc.Sc. (SW), C. Thanatology

Senior Manager and Clinical Director of Island Hospice Service in Harare, Zimbabwe

An advanced practice Social Worker specializing in bereavement and trauma recovery, Val has been the Clinical Director of Zimbabwe’s Island Hospice Service for many years. Her experience has included guiding the clinical expertise - based on direct care - that has established Island Hospice as a Palliative Care Center of Excellence in Africa. Recently, she co-authored the chapter on "Social Work in the Developing World" in the revised Oxford Textbook on Palliative Care. She also has pioneered many innovative interventions to meet the special needs of children facing loss and trauma in Zimbabwe.

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Who Are We?

Africa Hospice Initiative (AHI), a component fund of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, is a group of friends and colleagues with many years of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising; in hospice management and finance; in organizational development; in corporate giving; and in health care in sub-Saharan Africa who have joined together to increase access to hospice and palliative care services in Africa (http://islandhospice.org ). For 2014, AHI will extend its work in Zimbabwe to include continued partnership with Island Hospice Service, as well as the network of other hospices working with Island Hospice Service to expand palliative care in Zimbabwe.

AHI Mission Statement: AHI assists providers of palliative care in Africa to grow and develop their donor base both locally and internationally in order to achieve financial and operational sustainability.

Current Project: AHI has selected Island Hospice (IHS http://islandhospice.org) in Harare, Zimbabwe as its current project. AHI's support includes technical assistance with identification of new potential donors, relationship-building with existing and new donors, grant writing, partnership collaboration and organizational development to enhance success in both winning grants and executing projects with the goal that IHS achieve financial and operational sustainability.

AHI Advisory Board: The AHI Board is comprised of:

Significant Milestones


We are pleased to report that AHI has achieved a leveraged impact exceeding 1200% over its first two years of existence. This is the percent of grant dollars that it assisted in raising as a percentage of its own annual operating budget.


AHI has assisted many other stakeholders in collaborations that have resulted in over 2.1 million dollars raised since its inception. All grants do directly to lead agencies supporting palliative care in Africa.


$40,000 has been granted from both the Oak Foundation and the AJ Jochnick Foundation. Both represent the third consecutive year of granting to Island Hospice. The Oak Foundation funds specific palliative care activities in the large urban district of Chitungwiza, and the AF Jochnick Foundation grant support pediatric palliative care services for children.


Two major grants were submitted:

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Important Links

Palliative Care for Children

This link connects to a recent study assessing the needs for palliative care among children.

Palliative Care as a Human Right

This link connects to an article that makes the case for palliative care being a global human right. It was authored by leading palliative care champions from South Africa, Australia, and the UK.

Zimbabwe National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan: 2011-2015

This link connects to a report published by the Government of Zimbabwe in October, 2011 and signed by President Mugabe. It articulates a national commitment to zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths by 2015. It includes many recommendations for integrating palliative care.

Open Society Institute of Southern African

This Link connects to an independent evaluation of a Project completed by Island Hospice that was funded by the Open Society Institute of Southern Africa. It was a pilot program integrating palliative care into the public health system for cervical cancer screening, treatment, care and support.

Island Hospice Service has just completed a pilot program integrating palliative care in the public health system for cervical cancer screening, treatment, and care and support. It was conducted at the KweKwe District Hospital, clinic, and home-based care team in KweKwe, Zimbabwe. This link is to the independent evaluation of the Project, which was funded by a grant from the Open Society Institute of Southern African to Island Hospice Service.

Global Atlas

This Link connects to the recently published Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the End of Life, a joint publication of the World Health Organization and the World Palliative Care Association.