The Baragwanath Palliative Care Project
The team leading the project including Hatfield Rotarians Mukesh Patel and Frank Taylor.
This car, with a Rotary Logo and the name of the Health Authority, is used to support patients in their homes.
Learning about the project
this session being lead by Rotarians Debbie and Amanda.
The Baragwanath Palliative Care Programme Project was to set up to care for and support terminally-ill patients with kidney disease, and their families, in their own homes.
Hatfield Club's International Convener, Frank Taylor, spent
months putting together a proposal in conjunction with District (other Clubs in
Beds, Buck & Herts) and South African Clubs and their District, for financing
and operating a major Global Grant Project at the Chris Hani Baragwanath
Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Project, worth almost $100,000 was granted the necessary
matching grant funds from the Rotary Foundation, the International Charity financial arm of
Rotary International, in 2016.
Great news, in fact the best news; the Palliative Care Programme that Frank has helped to establish at the BARA
Hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg, has been adopted as the model for the South
African Provincial Health Authorities to adopt and implement throughout SA!
There have been huge savings in costs to the local, Gauteng
Health Authority, due to the Programme's reduction in (relatively expensive)
Hospital bed-usage; a year on from the commencement of the Programme it has
proved the assertion that the Project, would be sustainable, almost purely on
It is particularly exciting that both the medical and the
pastoral/spiritual care aspects are being adopted; many congratulations are due
to those within Rotary International both in SA and here in the UK in setting
up the Project, and the medical and nursing staff at the BARA who have actually
introduced and implemented the Programme.
Rotary Club of Hatfield