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:
- Phil Di Sorbo, Ghent, NY
- Lubayna Fawcett, Phoenix, Arizona
- Barbara Linell Glaser, Ed.D., Saratoga, NY
- Dr. David Lee, Chadds Ford, PA
- Ann Rowley, Stuyvesant, NY
- Ron Sellers, Chittauqua, New York
- David Solomon, New York, NY
- Christine Swann, New York, NY, Chairperson of the Advisory Board
- Molly Wilmarth, Falls Church, VA
- Legal Counsel: Connie Raffa
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 1.8 million dollars raised since its inception. All grants do directly to lead agencies supporting palliative care in Africa.
2014 GRANTS RECEIVED BY ISLAND HOSPICE
$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.
- NEW: Island Hospice has received a $20,000 pledge for funding two staff positions for 2013 from The Community Hospice in Rensselaer, NY. AHI was pivotal is setting up the March visit from Island Hospice leadership to Community Hospice, and then generating the subsequent request for funding. This is a one-year grant, and is part of an ongoing partnership between The Community Hospice and Island Hospice.
- NEW: The UK Big Lottery Fund has approved a grant of just under £500,000 to Help the Hospices in the UK to collaborate with Island Hospice Zimbabwe on a 3 year program to scale up palliative care services in a large rural area of Northeastern Zimbabwe. At today's exchange rate, the grant amount is $754,690. More information is available on the Help the Hospices website: www.helpthehospices.org.uk
- NEW: We have received a $10,000 grant for one year from UMCOR (The United Methodist Committee on Relief), based in New York City. They have supported the youth work of Island Hospice for 6 consecutive years now. The current grant is for a Youth Care Club in the remote Nyadire region (near the Congo border). This grant covers the costs of a livelihoods training program for the youth, as well as as two bereavement groups. There is also a club format, where youth get together monthly for discussion, socialization, and learning facilitated by a UMC Social Worker.
2014 GRANTS SUBMITTED
Two major grants were submitted:
- UK Match Aid, under the lead agency status of Help Age International. Island Hospice is an implementing partner in a major 3 year grant to scale up geriatric palliative care in Zimbabwe.
- UN Trust to End Violence Against Women, with Island Hospice as the lead agency. This proposal is for a major 3 year initiative to address significant gaps in care for female inmates in Zimbabwe prisons, and their children. Collaborative partners in this grant are FEMPRIST (Female Prisoners Support Trust) and ZWLA (Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association).
AHI Current Newsletters
- Current News Letter - To see our current newsletter click here
- To see our August 2013 Newsletter click here
- To see our October 2012 newsletter click here
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.