Hospice of Washington County recently established a partnership with a hospice in Kenya through the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa's Partnership Initiative.
The local hospice has adopted Coast Hospice of Mombasa, Kenya, as its sister hospice, said Susan Taylor, executive director of Hospice of Washington County. The partnership was approved by the FHSSA about Feb. 1, she said.
Coast Hospice serves Kenya's approximately 300-mile Indian Ocean coastal region from Somalia south to Tanzania. Founded in 2001, its eight-person staff serves 90 patients, Taylor said. Hospice of Washington County serves about 160 patients, she said.
Coast Hospice operates out of a two-room building that has one bed, one stretcher, one exam room and few supplies, Taylor said. The hospice only has one car for its eight employees, and many of its patients have to walk to get to it, she said.