Volunteers form a very integral part of Palliative Care. Various individuals support Hospice by volunteering to perform tasks at no charge. While many of them support the Hospice in other areas of its work, many support the clinical team by getting involved with the patients directly as well as working in the day care every Thursday.
Indeed Nairobi Hospice is providing a very essential and quality service. Most of the cancer patients in Kenya are diagnosed when the disease is far advanced and cure is no longer possible, hence they need Palliative Care to improve their quality of life. Most HIV/AIDS patients too may not access ARVs and at some stage of their illness require Palliative Care. Consistent with the WHO definition of Palliative Care, the Hospice provides care from the time of diagnosis, hence impacting positively on the patient’s and the families, quality of life. This is in line with our motto: “ Put life into their days, and not just days into their Lives”