7th International African Palliative Care Conference

Theme: Palliative Care in a Pandemic   

DEADLINE for SUBMISSION is 1st April 2022 

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The African Palliative Care Association in partnership with the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance call for the participation of multidisciplinary teams, academia, interagency development partners, civil society groups, policymakers, and all partners to engage in the 7th African Palliative care Conference. This will be through sharing experiences, lessons, innovations, successes and lessons in programme implementation, patient and family care, education, advocacy, innovation, research and policy development.

There are six broad conference tracks:

  1. Empowerment through Education/Learning 
  • Innovation in education with resource limitations
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Patient, family, and carer education
  • Community education
  • Multi-disciplinary team training (basic, intermediate and specialist)
  • Education for policy makers

(Special consideration will be provided if the abstract demonstrates how education has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic)

  1. Building an African Evidence-Base 
  • Building research capacities
  • Measurement and study designs
  • Knowledge translation
  • Collaborative research and partnerships
  • Research in children, adolescents, and young people
  • Advancement of research methods

(Recruiting, patient and child involvement, community engagement)

  1. Comprehensive/Holistic Care  
  • Clinical care
  • Psychosocial/spiritual
  • Vulnerable and disadvantaged populations
  • Cultural issues in palliative care
  • Gender and social norms in palliative care
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Gender-based violence
  • Palliative care and survivorship
  1. Harnessing Technology in Palliative Care 
  • mHealth
  • Use of expert/knowledge-based systems
  • Telemedicine
  1. Health Systems, Policy, and Law 
  • Integrating palliative care
  • System shocks – pandemics, epidemics, humanitarian disasters
  • Universal Health Coverage
  • Climate emergencies
  • Health economics
  • Advocacy 
  • Quality of death and dying 
  1. Cross-Cutting Themes 
  • Innovation, implementation and scaling
  • Arts
  • Research
  • Community engagement
  • Pandemic impacts
  • Patient/family voices
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Media and communications for palliative care

Abstracts will be considered for any of the following: oral or poster presentations or workshops.

We will have three languages for this conference (English, French and Portuguese)


Policy makers, advocates, civil society groups, academia, physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, music therapists, chaplains, families, patients, caregivers, Health communication experts and media, parents, researchers, evaluators, administrators, clinical leaders, child life specialists, social workers, counsellors, volunteers, coalition leaders, and educators.


  • Abstracts should be submitted by the Responsible Author via the abstract submission page, accessible through the conference website. Please note abstracts submitted by email or other channels will not be accepted.
  • Abstracts should not exceed 350 words excluding the Title and Authors and are due no later than 1st April 2022 at 12 am midnight East Africa Time (EAT).
  • Abstracts of empirical studies, secondary analysis and systematic reviews must include: background, context, aims, methods, programme interventions, results/lessons, discussion, and conclusion
  • Abstracts for non-empirical work should include: aims or goal of the work, design, methods and approach taken, results and conclusion/lessons learned
  • Submitted abstracts should include a proposed track or thematic area
  • Aims and objectives should be clear and specific
  • Presentation preference type (oral/poster/workshop) should be specified.
  • Any disclosure statements must be signed and returned with the abstract           
  • Please include the email address for corresponding authors
  • The Scientific Committee will attempt to respect the authors’ option regarding their self-assignment to a special track, but reserves the right to change the allocation in order to achieve a well-balanced scientific programme. 


The conference organising team includes a Scientific Committee which is composed of multidisciplinary teams who will review the abstracts submitted following a transparent and rigorous process. 

All accepted abstracts will be published in the conference abstract book which will be available for download from the website.

Notifications for the outcomes of the review will be sent via email by the 27th May 2022.

The selection process will be based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the theme of this 7th African Palliative Care conference
  • Content is well organised and matches the sub-headings provided
  • The aim is clear
  • Relevance and application to palliative and comprehensive chronic care
  • Impact and results are measurable
  • Clarity of conclusions and take-away messages for target audiences
  • Overall clarity and quality of content.

Accepted abstracts are official communications to the Conference; the presenting author must register at the time of acceptance of the abstract and agree to attend the conference and present the abstract as scheduled.


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