About Hospice Africa Ireland

About HAI

Hospice Africa Ireland (HAI) is a support organisation for Hospice Africa and Hospice Africa Uganda.

Since it was founded in 1993, Hospice Africa has supported the provision of palliative care to patients with cancer and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Hospice Africa Uganda has been established as an affordable palliative care service within Uganda, and this model is used to promote this work as an African model throughout sub-Saharan Africa.  Today HA has developed links with Malawi, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia.


The objectives of Hospice Africa are:

  • To provide an appropriate Palliative Care service to patients with cancer and HIV/AIDS and their families
  • To enable the provision of Palliative Care services in Uganda, through Advocacy, Education and Training
  • To facilitate the initiation and expansion of Palliative care in Africa by providing an affordable African model

Due to the huge success of the work and results of HAU, it gained a reputation as an excellent teaching and training site for palliative care in Africa and, as medical and non-medical volunteers from Ireland returned from their placements in HAU, many wanted to continue helping in some way, and Friends of Hospice Uganda was established as a registered charity in Ireland in 1999. The charity was formally changed to Hospice Africa Ireland in May 2008, when its first official office in Ireland was established in Dublin, with the generous support of Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross.

Hospice Africa Ireland promotes awareness of the role and activities of Hospice Africa Uganda and also supports fundraising initiatives with our donors and supporters throughout Ireland.