Dr Zipporah Ali is the Executive Director or of Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA). She serves on the board of several organizations including International Hospice and Palliative Care Association (IAHPC); Hope for Cancer Kids; International Children’s Palliative Care Network, Worldwide Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance and ehospice. She was among several others who received the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) award for her contribution to palliative care in Africa and her work on the inaugural board of APCA. She has previously served on the APCA board and The Kenya Cancer Association Board.
Dr. Ali is also involved in advocacy and creating awareness on cancer and palliative care in Kenya. In her leadership role as the Executive Director for KEHPCA, she has been instrumental in fostering strong relationships with the Ministry of Health to integrate palliative care into government hospitals. She has also been instrumental in advocating for palliative care to be integrated in undergraduate medical and nursing schools in Kenya.
Dr. Ali holds an MD from Ege University, Izmir, Turkey, a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Nairobi and a Higher Diploma in Palliative Care from Oxford Brookes University. She has completed the International Pain Policy Fellow program with the International Pain Policy Studies Group (WHO Collaborating Centre for Policy and Communication in Cancer Care, University of Wisconsin) as well as the International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative at The Institute of Palliative Medicine at the San Diego Hospice.
In 2013 Dr. Ali was awarded an Honorary Doctor of the University by Oxford Brookes University in recognition of her outstanding contribution in palliative care both internationally and locally as well the Individual Advocacy Award by the from the African Palliative Care Association and Open Society Foundations.
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