Inspiring Hope: Helping churches to care for the sick. A palliative care handbook from Africa.

Inspiring Hope

42% of countries do not have any palliative care services and 80% of people globally lack adequate access to pain medication.

The church is ideally placed to change this, to serve their communities by bringing people comfort and practical support.This handbook is a resource for church leaders, volunteers and members to support the delivery of palliative care in their communities.

EMMS International are please to announce the publication of Inspiring Hope: Helping churches to care for the sick. A palliative care handbook from Africa.

To receive a digital copy of Inspiring Hope please click here.


Inspiring Hope was launched on Wednesday 18th September 2013. The handbook is being distributed to all delegates at Spanning Diseases, Crossing Borders 2013 - the annual conference of the African Palliative Care Association.

James Wells (EMMS International Chief Executive) and Dr Jane Bates (Author) will also be showcasing the handbook in a workshop at the conference entitled Spirituality in palliative care, finding a common definition and lessons for the wider health agenda.


Rev Thabo Makgoba, Archbisop of Capetown:

“This handbook is a wonderful guide to how we can communicate Christ’s tender compassion and care, which circumstances cannot diminish, to those who are coming to the end of their lives.

“In clear, tangible, down-to-earth, ways, it assists church communities, leaders and members to understand more about palliative care, and how we can best contribute. It helps us review what we are currently doing and provides resources so that we may be more effectively engaged.“

About the Handbook

Written by Dr. Jane Bates, the handbook draws on her 15 years of experience as a medical doctor in South Africa and Malawi. It also incorporates the knowledge of EMMS International's partners and others working in palliative care.

The book is designed to be a practical resource. It is layed out in an accessible format, ideal for group discussion and individual study. It contains five key sections:

    Palliative care and the church - What is palliative care and what is the role of the church?
    Inspiration - Reflection, teaching and motivation for involvement.
    Stories to make us think - Examples of what the church is already doing.
    Resources for action - Tools to help you apply what you've learned.
    References, contacts and tools - Signposts to further reading and useful contacts.


-          The handbook is freely available via in a digital format, and can be printed for personal/organisational use but not paid for distribution. Please inform us of how you are using the book so we can monitor its impact and effectiveness. To receive the hanbook click here.

-          The handbook is designed for use by organisations/individuals who are actively engaged in palliative care work in resource-poor settings. As such we will consider distribution partnerships for hard copies in such scenarios – please contact us to note your interest and proposed use of the handbook.

-          Hard copies are available for a donation of £5 plus postage for other interested parties.

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