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Africa Hospice Initiative Raymond T. Schmidt 203 644 7684 MISSION STATEMENT AHI assists providers of palliative care in Africa to grow.

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1 Africa Hospice Initiative Raymond T. Schmidt 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.

2 Activities AHI’s primary activity will be to offer grants development and consultative management services to health care organizations. AHI will work with in-country palliative care leaders to participate in efforts to procure national and international grants from public and private entities, businesses, and major churches. Grants received will go directly to the lead agency in the African focus country. 2

3 Initial Project Africa Hospice Initiative collaborates with Island Hospice Service (http://www.islandhospice.org) in Harare, Zimbabwe by developing grants and expanding resources to meet the need for hospice and palliative care in Zimbabwe.http://www.islandhospice.org Fund-raising activities are being conducted to support this project. Zimbabwe has over 1,000,000 AIDS orphans and a rising cancer burden, led by cancer of the cervix among women. In its first 9 months, AHI expenditures were under $40,000, and over $500,000 was raised for the hospices in Zimbabwe, including from governments, private foundations, and faith based organizations. 3

4 Advisory Board of Directors Christine Swann, Chairperson, New York City Cindy and Phil Di Sorbo, Ghent, NY Karen Hamm, Naples, Florida Dr. Barbara Glaser, Saratoga Springs, NY Ann Rowley, Stuyvesant, NY David Solomon, New York City Rev. Ron Christian, Fairfax, Virginia Dr. David Lee, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania 4

5 Island Hospice Service 6 Natal Road, Belgravia Harare, Zimbabwe https://www.islandhospice.org 5

6 Island Hospice Service Island Hospice became the first hospice in Africa in Full-time staff of 20, including Medical Director, Nurses, Social Workers, and Dr. Dickson Chifamba, Executive Director. Trains hundreds of volunteer health workers to assist community nurses. Also trains health professionals and medical students in Zimbabwe. Catchment area is 3 million people in Harare and Chitungwiza Cares for over 1,000 patients daily 70% of caseload is HIV/AIDS, with growing number of cancer patients Assists other non-profits providing palliative care. 6

7 Island Hospice Service Island Hospice mentors and represents a network of other hospices and developmental sites country-wide. Island Hospice provides a full range of palliative care services, including pediatric palliative care, community bereavement, and crisis de-briefing. It has a signature pediatric palliative care program. Young Carers Program for children, who are thrust into a head of household role at a tender age. This innovative program teaches care-giving skills, and protects children from abuse and HIV, and works with their grief and multiple losses. 7

8 Island Hospice has trained over 4,000 health professionals and community home-based care volunteers. These clinical staff and community volunteers are located in all 11 Provinces, giving Island Hospice a truly national reach. Specializing in end-of-life care and bereavement, Island also links palliative care to prevention and to active treatment. Palliative care enables patients on anti-retroviral medications to adhere to their treatments by addressing quality of life issues, family concerns, and symptoms, such as opportunistic infections. Island Hospice Service 8

9 In Africa, palliative care starts at the time of diagnosis of life- threatening illness, and is provided concurrently with any available treatments. In Zimbabwe, only 1/3 of patients who need anti-retroviral treatment have access to it. Island Hospice also is cognizant of the close relation of poverty and discrimination to disease in the African context. Therefore, it links its services to many livelihoods and anti- poverty initiatives. It also seeks to establish practices that protect and empower at-risk women and children. 9

10 A Fund-Raising Reception to Support AHI Reception at Arent Fox Law Firm 1675 Broadway, New York, NY Thursday, March 1, PM 10

11 Guest Speaker Valerie Maasdorp Clinical Director, Island Hospice Service, Africa’s First Hospice Co-author, “Social Work in the Developing World” in the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care Recognized expert in bereavement and Young Careers Program We will also hear briefly from: Dr. Godfrey Sikipa, former Minister of Health Government of Zimbabwe 11

12 How to Support the Reception Reserve tickets today: $ 40 per individual Become a $1,000 Sponsor Includes 4 Tickets to the Reception You can Team Up with Family & Friends for a $1,000 Sponsorship ! 12

13 Thursday, March 1, 2012, 6-8 pm Arent Fox Law Firm 1675 Broadway, New York, NY Advance Registration required ______________________________________________________________________________ The Purpose of this Reception is raise funds to support AHI (Africa Hospice Initiative), which is a Component Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. A copy of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region’s latest annual report may be obtained, on request, by contacting the Community Foundation, Six Tower Place, Albany, NY or from the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, 3 rd Floor, New York, NY For each $40 ticket purchased, the amount in excess of $15 is tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Please tear off and return, even if you cannot attend but wish to donate – please print. Mail to: AHI Reception, c/o Cindy Di Sorbo 1362 County Route 22, Ghent, NY NAME: _________________________________________________________________________________________ _ ADDRESS: _______________________________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS: ______________________________________________________________PHONE: _________________________________________________________________________________________ __________plan on attending __________do NOT plan on attending__________# of being purchased $________total amount being paid Payment by Check: Make Checks Payable to THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, and write AHI in the memo line. Payment by Credit Card – Mastercard or VISA only (all details must be included): Name on Card: _____________________________________________________________ Exp. Date: ______________ Card Number: __________________________________________ Type of Card: ____________________CVV Number (3 digit code on back): _____________ Note: Your credit card purchase will be listed on your statement as a charge by The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, Inc. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! WHY AHI? Assisting providers of palliative care in Africa to grow and develop their donor base, helping them to achieve financial and operational sustainability, ensuring that every child, woman and man in need has access to palliative care services. WHY ISLAND HOSPICE, ZIMBABWE? Zimbabwe has a million orphans and a huge burden of life-limiting communicable and non-communicable disease such as HIV/AIDS and cancer. Island Hospice is at the forefront in Zimbabwe in providing palliative care services to afflicted patients and their families in need. HOW? Through our support.

14 Current Project: Island Hospice Service in Zimbabwe Reception at Arent Fox Law Firm 1675 Broadway, New York, NY Thursday, March 1, 2012, 6-8 pm $40 tickets and advance donations to: c/o Cindy Di Sorbo, AHI 1362 County Route 22, Ghent, NY Please make checks payable to CFGCR-AHI Co-Sponsored by The New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and The Hospice and Palliative Care Organization of New York State. Guest Speakers: Valerie Maasdorp Clinical Director Island Hospice Service, Africa’s First Hospice Co-author of “Social Work in the Developing World” in the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care Recognized expert in bereavement and young carers programs Dr. Godfrey Sikipa Director - African Strategies for Health at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) Former Zimbabwe Health Minister 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. AHI is a component fund of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. A copy of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region’s latest annual report may be obtained, on request, by contacting the Community Foundation, Six Tower Place, Albany, NY or from the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, 3 rd Floor, New York, NY For each $40 ticket purchased, the amount in excess of $15 is tax deductible to the extent provided by law.


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