Since 2001, The Denver Hospice has been partnered with Selian Lutheran Hospice in Arusha, Tanzania (East Africa). Being partnered with an African hospice involves a two-way exchange of ideas and approaches to hospice, and also a commitment by the US hospice to give moral, educational and financial support. We also have staff trips to visit Selian every two years.
Our partnership has helped Selian grow from a tiny home hospice program of ~100 patients to a palliative care program that served over 5,000 patients at its peak early in 2016, with a paid staff of eighteen and over 300 well-trained volunteers. The majority of Selian patients are HIV+ and many of those also have TB. Selian provides medications, basic food supplies if needed, and social and spiritual support. They also have provided support to some of the thousands of AIDS orphans in the area.
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has been funding most of Selian’s palliative care program since 2006. In October of 2015, deep cuts in funding were announced, and by the end of 2016, USAID will no longer be a funder because of changes in funding priorities. Selian Hospice program has announced drastic cuts to their program, and they will now only be able to serve a couple hundred truly end-of-life patients. Care for the thousands of palliative care patients who were receiving support will no longer be provided. The Denver Hospice will now be their only source of philanthropic support.
Over the years, we have raised money to build an office & training center for Selian, as well as for several vehicles. Our partnership has provided training in bereavement, pediatric hospice and psycho-social support to children, as well as support to thousands of orphans and vulnerable children over the years. In total, TDH has gifted roughly $750,000 to our friends in Tanzania!
Under the “Allocate Your Gift” section, in the “Choose a Program” dropdown, please select “Selian Hospice.” You can also make a check out to The Denver Hospice, and write “Selian” on the memo line, and send to:
The Denver Hospice
501 S. Cherry St., #700
Denver CO 80246
For more information and support please contact:
The Denver Hospice Development Department