Join us for a walk down memory lane in words and pictures as we look at some of the highlights and achievements of our organisation over the past decade.

History in the making

The development of a palliative care network dedicated to those who worked with children in South Africa originated from the Paediatric Sub Committee (known as PAESCO) of the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) which was led by Joan Marston.  The intention to set up a children’s network was presented to the Palliative Care Society of South Africa (PCSSA) by Dr Michelle Meiring in October 2008. In February 2012 HPCA, ICPCN and the Bigshoes Foundation met to discuss how they could work together to extend the reach of quality children’s palliative care in SA and formed the South African Children’s Palliative Care Alliance with a goal to set up the South African Children’s Palliative Care Network (SACPCN).

The SACPCN was officially launched at the 25th Anniversary conference of the HPCA in September 2012 in Cape Town.

The network’s new name, Palliative Treatment for Children South Africa (PatchSA), was officially presented on 18th September 2013 to the palliative care community at the joint HPCA and African Palliative Care Association (APCA) conference in Johannesburg.

A video of some of the highlights from the 2023 Palliative Care Conference

Here’s to the next ten years!