update on the big give christmas challenge 2020

Ephrem teaching palliative care in Ethiopia

Many of our supporters generously donated to our Big Give Project last December. £9,500 was raised to design a standardised palliative care training course that could be delivered across Ethiopia to a range of Health Care Professionals.

We started our project early in January 2021 but nonetheless have not been able to complete the project yet due to the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing difficult political situation in Ethiopia.

Ephrem Abathun (Director of Hospice Ethiopia) has worked with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and other stake holders to design the palliative care course and accompanying course material. This has been formally approved by the FMOH.

The training manual and accompanying material has now been printed. A zoom meeting is planned between Hospice Ethiopia, Hospice Ethiopia UK, and Palliative Care Works to take the project further.

 A pilot course is scheduled to be run in December 2021. Staff from the Simien Mountain Mobile Medical service will attend a 6 day course in Debark. It is hoped 2 trustees from Hospice Ethiopia UK will assist nurses from Hospice Ethiopia in delivering this training.

Following the pilot course, both the trainers and delegates will evaluate the course and adaptions will be  made accordingly, with help from the English charity, Palliative Care Works.

Many thanks again for your generous donations.

Aylsham Rotary club donation

Aylsham Rotary club has raised an amazing £3000 to pay for Yohanna, a nurse at Hospice Ethiopia, to go to Hospice Africa Uganda in Kampala to study for her diploma in Palliative care.

Yohanna has said the following about this fantastic opportunity:

“My role as a palliative care nurse is to take greater responsibility for patient care and to become a specialist in areas such as pain management, symptom management and psychosocial support. In studying this diploma course in palliative care nursing, I hope that l will be able to make the most of these opportunities as my career develops. I anticipate that this diploma course in palliative care nursing will be the beginning of my lifelong career that will really make a difference in Hospice Ethiopia.”

Sue and Jamie attended a Rotary Club dinner in Aylsham at the Old Forge where Sue was able to update the members and guests about Hospice Ethiopia.

mum rotary talk



January update


We’ve just had the quarterly report (for October-December 2017) from Hospice Ethiopia director, Ephrem.  We were thrilled to read that following a visit to HE towards the end of last year,  Ethiopiaid (based in Bath, UK) has given them £28,600! More about Ethiopiaid can be found on their website: http://ethiopiaid.org.uk/

Ephrem has been awarded a bursary and confirmed that he will come to the UK (visa permitting) for a leadership  management course at the St Christopher’s Hospice from 15th-19th October. We are also hoping to arrange a clinical placement at Priscilla Bacon Lodge, Norwich for the week preceding the course Oct 6th-14th.

Spring 2017 Update Talk

Come and hear about the extraordinary work that your help is funding.

An illustrated talk by Sue Mumford (palliative care nurse) and Dr Jamie Mumford (GP).

Monday 8th May, 5.30 for 6.00pm
Priscilla Bacon Lodge, Colman Hospital,
Unthank Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 2PJ

It’s not just about direct action: even more important is the training of doctors, nurses and medics in palliative care (care for the dying), a specialty that is little understood and not yet taught in medical schools in Ethiopia.

Sue and Jamie will also talk about their trip to Hospice Africa in Uganda, the flagship hospice for sub-Saharan palliative care, where they stayed with the Nobel Prize nominee Professor Anne Merriman.

Entry is free but, of course, we hope you will be able to give us a donation.

There will be teas, cakes and a raffle.

More information: Sue and Jamie Mumford (01263 768699) or Wendy Smith at Priscilla Bacon Lodge (01603 255720) or email susan.mumford@hotmail.co.uk

Palliative care course at the Alert Hospital, Addis Ababa

Photo of attendees at a week’s palliative care course that Sue and Jamie Mumford ran at the Alert Hospital, Addis Ababa in March 2017. 20 doctors and nurses working in anaesthetics and emergency care received training in the ethos of palliative care, pain, and symptom control including prescribing morphine and communication skills. It is important that these health care practitioners know about palliative care to prevent patients receiving inappropriate, expensive, and invasive procedures when they are nearing the end of life. The course seemed to go down well with some great discussions. The evaluations were very enthusiastic and many requested further training for their departments and colleagues across Ethiopia.

“Sue, Jamie & Nicola. You are so special. Your learning styles, materials that you used all are interesting, so please continue this work to all over the country.”


The course was jointly funded by Aylsham Rotary Club and Hospice Ethiopia UK.