Fondation Pierre Fabre

To raise the standards of palliative care, through an e-learning course for healthcare professionals in Africa

Main beneficiary countries:
South Africa - Zimbabwe - Ghana - Nigeria - Botswana - Uganda - Gambia - Egypt - Kenya - Namibia

About the sponsor

The ecancer Global Foundation

The ecancer Global Foundation is a charity that funds the development and distribution of education for the global oncology community. The Foundation runs, a free online platform for oncology professionals incorporating an open-access journal, news, video and e-learning, visited by an average of 45,000 users per month.

Sector: Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.

Country of origin: United Kingdom

The organisation has:

Full-Time Equivalents
Service providers

Initiative overview

Healthcare themes targeted

  • Cancer

Stage of development:

  • Routine project/operational

Area where initiative is utilised

  • International (in several countries)

Initiative start date

  • 01/01/2018

Initiative end date

  • 03/31/2019


Financing method

  • Public (grant/subsidies, call for proposals/call for tender, etc.)

Economic model(s)

  • Donations

About the initiative

This e-learning course gives healthcare professionals in Africa access to internationally recognised expertise in palliative care. The course host in English is unique globally, and will be developed specifically for healthcare professionals in French-speaking Africa.

Our proposed solution gives access to high-quality education for free to anyone with access to the internet, whenever is suitable for them. The approach overcomes a number of challenges, including travel times and costs, other costs associated with attending training and a current lack of access to leading expertise and training.

The ecancer Global Foundation has previously developed a 20 module e-learning course in palliative care alongside experts from Cardiff University, the African Palliative Care Association and the University of Cape Town and support from the International Atomic Energy Agency. This course is currently available free in English through and has been used by over 2,000 healthcare professionals from across Africa.

Ecancer is requesting funding to redevelop the course in French, re-developing all of the educational content in Africa with French-speaking doctors ensuring that the course is relevant for healthcare professionals treating patients with cancer and others needing palliative care in all Francophonic countries but has a particular focus on the requirements of African healthcare professionals. Ecancer will work alongside leading experts from the African Palliative Care Association, AORTIC and ALIAM develop the key educational content of the modules based on the course which is currently in existence. The Foundation will then package these elements in the course structure, which already exists to form a 20 module course in palliative care that can be accessed through mobile phones as well as desktop computers. The course is based on Cardiff University’s distance learning course in Palliative Medicine and Palliative Care developed by Baroness Professor Ilora Finlay and her team over the last seventeen years. Students from around the globe have taken the course as it has been developed to take into account the varying needs of healthcare professionals from different areas of the world with particular focus on low and middle-income countries. The course contains the following modules:

  • Basic Principles of Palliative Care
  • Overview of Malignant Disease
  • Medication
  • The role of Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy and Surgery
  • Pain Management
  • Palliative Care Emergencies
  • Symptom management: Confusion and Delirium
  • Symptom management: Constipation and Bowel obstruction
  • Symptom management: Nausea and vomiting
  • Symptom management: Respiratory symptoms
  • Symptom management: Skin and mouth care
  • Symptom management: Weakness, fatigue and loss of appetite
  • aediatric palliative care
  • Communication and Counselling skills
  • Ethics in Palliative Care
  • Spiritual Care
  • Psychosocial Care
  • End of Life Care
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Resources

Fields of application:

Health professional training

Target audience

  • Healthcare professionals and structures (hospitals, healthcare centres/clinics, health networks)

Initiative objectives

  • Reduced suffering

Key figures

1 Number of beneficiaries since launch

880 Number of users per Year

Materials used

  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Computer

Technologies used

  • Internet

Offline use


Open Source


Open Data


Independent evaluation



African Palliative Care Association

Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.

University of Cape Town

Academic entities: Universities, research laboratories, etc.

Cardiff University

Academic entities: Universities, research laboratories, etc.


Organizational: Communities, public authorities, NGOs, associations, foundations, etc.