In the UK, where we are both from, it is assumed that if the worse comes to worse and you are diagnosed with a terminal illness, at the very least, you will have access to the support, care and medications you need to ensure you can get the most out of life.
In most countries outside of the handful of developed countries like UK though this is simply not the case. A recent study found that over 4 billion people, over half the world's population, live in countries where patients have limited or no access to strong pain killers such morphine.
In Uganda, where we are living and the head quarters of the APCA are based, about one in 10 people have access to palliative care who need it. 90% don't.
The reality of this means that the majority of people in need of the support, care and medication that Brits take for granted is little more than an aspiration. The result? People having to watch as loved ones not only die over days, weeks, months or even years, but too often, die in pain.
The good news is that APCA is working to change this. They are meeting governments to ensure palliative is integrated into existing health systems, they are supporting and training medical professionals, they are undertaking the research that underpins their work, and they are raising awareness not just within Africa, but the whole world about this completely avoidable humanitarian disaster.
By running for APCA we hope to not only support their work financially but to also help APCA by raising awareness of this important issue.
Thank you for visiting this page, supporting us and APCA, and giving generously.
Steve and Anya