To guide the provision of quality palliative care services across the African region, the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) has developed a framework of core palliative care competencies that can be used by service providers, educators and other stakeholders to guide programmes development. The competencies are developed based on the following principles:
ƒƒAll patients have access to high-quality palliative care regardless of their care settings . ƒƒNational standards for education and practice are adapted/adopted for all palliative care providers to ensure provision of quality care.
The competencies have been developed through a participatory approach, bringing on board key stakeholders in palliative care service provision and education in the region.