CAN hosts end-of-life care training

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The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) on Thursday hosted a training session facilitated by Soul Carers Network of South Africa on end-of-life care at its specialised palliative care centre for cancer patients in Windhoek.

Over 55 participants, including doctors, nurses, social workers, and community patient caregivers, attended the training session.

Soul Carers Network of South Africa is a renowned organisation that focuses on providing spiritual and emotional care to individuals facing their end of life. They offer training and resources to healthcare professionals and support programmes for patients and their families.

CAN Chief Executive Officer, Rolf Hansen told Nampa on Friday that the topics covered during the session included effective communication with patients and their families, pain management understanding, and engaging with the interdisciplinary patients care team.

The training also emphasised the importance of honouring the voice of the patient, supporting pain management, and addressing ethical aspects of pre-grieving and the ‘death doula’ journey, he said.

“The Cancer Association of Namibia is grateful for the support and partnership of the Soul Carers Network of South Africa, as their expertise and resources will empower our patient care workers to provide enhanced care,” he said.

A training session was also held on Saturday morning at the CAN Erongo Centre in Swakopmund.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency