People who care

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Palliative Care for Children South Africa (PatchSA) is an inclusive and compassionate network that aims to share specialised knowledge, tools, resources and opportunities to ensure the best possible care for children with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses, and to provide support to healthcare professionals, families and lay caregivers.

PatchSA is a registered non-profit organisation. NPO no: 124-201

And a Public Benefit Organisation. PBO no: 930047744

Serving Communities, Families & Healthcare Professionals

PatchSA welcomes any families, lay caregivers and child-caring professional including paediatricians, GPs, nurses, social workers, allied health practitioners, psychologists, teachers, clergy etc to join the network.



PatchSA community seeks to empower the broader community to support professionals and affected families through fundraising and
other practical initiatives.



PatchSA  supports families and lay-caregivers through referrals and sharing information, practical tools and experiences along their unique journeys.

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PatchSA supports healthcare professionals through sharing information, the development of resources, promoting and providing learning opportunities, advancing advocacy and participating in research opportunities.

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Become a member. PatchSA welcomes family members, caregivers, child-caring and healthcare professionals to join the network.

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Help us help children with life-threatening and non-curable illnesses, and their families, to have the best quality life possible.


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About Us

Our latest news

It’s a small change, but the meaning is everything!  While our previous name name has served us well as it is one that is easy to remember, it was always felt that the word ‘Treatment’ did not accurately represent the work of hospices and those working with children who had palliative needs. Palliative care is more than just ‘treatment’ and is rather a philosophy of care that is holistic in nature. A unanimously carried proposal was made at the Annual General Meeting of PatchSA on 8 June 2021 to replace this word with the word ‘Care’ and thereby change the name of the organisation to Palliative Care for Children South Africa.

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Palliative Care for Children – A PatchSA Guide

Purchase our recently published South African guide to Children’s Palliative Care. Palliative Care for Children: A guide for improving the quality of life of patients and their families is a useful and easy to read guide on the key elements of children’s palliative care written for doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, counsellors, spiritual leaders, teachers, therapists and anyone who interacts with and provides care for seriously ill children. The book can also be read for free online on the Bettercare website.

Purchase your copy of the guide

Learn online through the Patch Academy

Patch Academy is the education branch of PatchSA. It is an online learning platform created as an educational resource for all members of the multidisciplinary palliative care team providing care to babies, toddlers, children and young adults with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses and conditions and to their families. All Patch Academy courses are CPD accredited through the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) with General and Ethics CPD points. Try our FREE course Introducing Children’s Palliative Care and earn 5 General CEU’s.

Visit the Patch Academy website

Take our latest online course on ethics and decision making in children’s palliative care

Why take the course?

“The PatchSA course on Ethics and Palliative Care is excellent. It takes the learner through all the important aspects of ethics, children’s rights, and the law regarding children, particularly in the context of palliative care. Apart from the core module contents, many links and additional resources provide interesting information and reading. Discussion of ethical dilemmas and actual cases provides additional interest and learning opportunities. Each section revises the core knowledge through quizzes and questions. The ethics novice and the experienced person will both gain from this module. I highly recommend it.”
Prof Sharon Kling MBChB DCH(SA), FCPaed, MMed, MPhil (Applied Ethics)
Consultant Paediatrician
Tygerberg Hospital
Part-time Lecturer
Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, University of Stellenbosch 

Visit the Patch Academy website

Watch our video on neonatal palliative care

Beginnings and Endings – a PatchSA film on the importance of neonatal and perinatal palliative care

“Dying is difficult…. the beginning is not supposed to be the end.”

In this film, set in Cape Town and made for PatchSA, three families courageously share their experiences of losing a child, and living with a child with a life-limiting condition and the support provided to them by their palliative care team. The film takes a close look at the enormous value of neonatal palliative care.

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Find a children’s palliative care provider in South Africa

There are several services in South Africa dedicated to providing palliative care to children but these are inadequate to meet the growing need for paediatric palliative care provision on all levels. A number of predominantly adult hospices also have staff equipped and trained to provide hospice and palliative care services to babies, toddlers, children and adolescents. We have conveniently mapped and listed the names of all services who can provide palliative care to children along with their relevant contact details.

Find a Children’s Palliative Care Service in SA

Read our latest news

PatchSA is the only national organisation providing strategic support to healthcare professionals, allied healthcare practitioners and parents and lay caregivers in South Africa. Our diverse membership represents those who provide palliative care services to children around the country and we do our best to keep you up to date on what is happening in the field both within our borders and internationally. Read our latest news and stories and subscribe to our monthly newsletter if you want to be kept informed.

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Consult the PatchSA Paediatric Palliative Care Formulary

Based on the (APPM) Association of Paediatric Palliative Care Medicine Master Formulary created by Dr Sat Jassal, the PatchSA Paediatric Palliative Care Formulary provides medical professionals with a list of medicines appropriate in providing paediatric palliative care in South Africa. Many of the medicines are prescribed “off-licence” and “on expert opinion” as it is difficult to do studies in this vulnerable population.

Consult the PatchSA Formulary

Join our grief support group: Patch People who Care

The Patch People Who Care Facebook Group provides a safe, compassionate and supportive environment for parents, guardians/carers and family members who have suffered the loss of a child due to illness or accident. Members have access to the group whenever it is convenient and are able to share their grief, their challenges and heartbreaks and receive the support and compassion of people who understand. People who care. The group is associated with Palliative Treatment for Children South Africa (PatchSA) and membership is at the discretion of the organisation.
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Access our COVID-19 Toolbox of Resources

In the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a concerning time for everyone, we are aware that parents of babies, children or young people with complex medical conditions and palliative care needs will have added concerns around safety and infection. We are also aware that the pandemic has left in its wake many thousands of children grieving the loss of a loved one.

We hope to answer some of your most pressing and frequently asked questions on this page and direct you to some helpful resources for more detailed information. If you have other questions, please feel free to send these to us on and we will do our best to respond and advise.

Access our COVID-19 Resources