n the spirit of relieving suffering and increasing quality of life through palliative care, Hospice of Siouxland has committed to support the outreach work and mission of Howick Hospice in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.
Our partnership was formed in 2003 via Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa (FHSSA) and continues to be a vibrant employee-sponsored connection, where we make a difference in the lives of those living in another corner of the world.
Howick Hospice serves patients in a traditional manner by managing the care and comfort for those with cancer living in Howick. Their outreach program extends into the nearby township of Mpophomeni, and surrounding informal settlements and squatter camps.
The program focuses on helping more than 350 adults and children who are living with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. A hospice nurse, a social worker, and 12 community care workers work together to provide palliative care through home visits, and via an outreach clinic.
Over the past 8 years, Hospice of Siouxland has provided funds for a part time nurse’s salary and the base rent for an outreach children’s clinic. Currently, staff from Hospice of Siouxland provide the monthly salary for a community care worker who is dedicated to support the more than 80 children currently in the outreach program. Many of these children are orphans due to the AIDS pandemic, and many are living with the disease themselves.