The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines hospice care “improving the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and assessment, and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.”
Hospices provide a comprehensive service to the communities they serve. Interventions include awareness campaigns relating to chronic conditions, home-based care programmes, pain management, symptom control, in-patient units for terminally ill patients, programmes for orphans and vulnerable children, support groups for adults and day care centres for children.
The Anglo American Chairman’s Fund considers the support of hospices in South Africa to be part of an integrated system of care for adults and children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
De Beers supports hospice projects primarily in communities surrounding its operations: Siyanda, Ga-Segonyana, Taung, Frances Baard, Letsemeng, Nama Khoi, Kamiesberg and Richtersveld (Northern Cape), and Musina and Blouberg (Limpopo).
The FNB Fund Hospice Programme supports hospices accredited by the Hospice Palliative Care Association to ensure effective, sustainable, local-level initiatives that promote improved care for people affected by a life-threatening illness.