Mercy Ships

Palliative Care

Principles and Practices

“Palliative care services are under-resourced at the best of times. And these are not the best of times. As health systems become strained under COVID-19, providing safe and effective palliative care, including end-of-life care, becomes especially vital and especially difficult.” 
– The Lancet Commission on Palliative Care and Pain Relief


Assist International has partnered with Mercy Ships to host and deliver a new tele-mentoring initiative, “Palliative Care: Principles & Practices”. This 10-week virtual training program is designed for healthcare professionals interested in building clinical skills and competencies in palliative, holistic, and end-of-life care. Participants will receive both weekly class instruction and one-on-one mentorship as they learn where and how they can offer support to patients and families with serious health-related suffering due to severe illness.

Topics Include:

  • What is palliative care? Where and how can it be delivered?
  • Management of pain and other common symptoms of life-threatening illness
  • Psychosocial, spiritual, and ethical issues
  • End of life care management
  • Communication and breaking bad news
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Compassion fatigue, stress management and self-care for caregivers

Mentors supporting this program include experts and clinical staff from Mercy Ships, Hospice Africa Uganda, Cairdeas International Palliative Care Trust, Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, University of Ghana Medical Centre, the University of Cape Coast, Pallium India, and the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services. Registration in this course is closed. However, the live sessions will be recorded and shared on our website as a resource to all. If you are interested in receiving more information about the course, and links to the webinar recordings, please email us at