Snowline Announces Partnership with Hospice Ethiopia; Making a Global Impact from Diamond Springs

Diamond Springs, CA, September 01, 2019 --( Snowline Hospice and Hospice Ethiopia have common and shared visions of providing hospice care to their communities. Snowline has established a partnership with Hospice Ethiopia that will include exchanging clinical information as well as best practices with Hospice Ethiopia and Global Partners in Care (GPIC). GPIC supports the development of partnerships between U.S. organizations and hospice and palliative care providers located in low-resource settings, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa. Snowline will reach its goals through special fundraising events and Snowline staff attending the 6th International Palliative Care Conference in Kigali, Rwanda in September.

In Ethiopia there are only three nurses and one social worker that deliver hospice care throughout all of Ethiopia, a country with a population of 100 million. They work for Hospice Ethiopia. Unlike here in our community, there is no government funding for hospice care. Hospice Ethiopia must raise money from donations locally and abroad to offer this care. Similar to the state of Hospice when Snowline Hospice opened in 1979, most of the Hospice Ethiopia patients are living with Diseases such as AIDS and Cancer. Snowline partnered with GPIC and Hospice Ethiopia to share best practices it has developed its own 40 years of service.

Snowline became acquainted with the needs of Ethiopia, through a former nurse for Snowline, Amele Waterman. She knew of the great need and shared her passion for this care with her team at Snowline. Snowline’s medical director, Dr. Jeanine Ellinwood, had the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia with Amele and see the need and the great work that Hospice Ethiopia does with such little resources.

“Hospice Ethiopia relies on the generosity of its partners to maintain support to our patients. We greatly appreciate each and every one of them,” said Ephrem Abathun, Executive Director Hospice Ethiopia. “We will be able to keep providing relief for people suffering from untreated pain and life-threatening illness because we have compassionate partners like Snowline hospice.”

The partnership helps by increasing Hospice Ethiopia’s long-term funding to achieve the mission of Hospice Ethiopia. This will allow Hospice Ethiopia them to build capacity to expand care and access to services.

Ephrem will be joining Michael Schmidt, chief executive officer of Snowline Hospice, Dr Jeanine Ellinwood and Amele Waterman at the 6th International Palliative Care Conference in Kigali, Rwanda in September to share their partnership experience at the conference.

To support the efforts of Hospice Ethiopia and Snowline you can make a tax-deductible donation here. 100% of the proceeds are given to Hospice Ethiopia.

Snowline serves the counties of Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer, delivering end-of-life care and support to patients and their families. Since 1979, Snowline has been dedicated to meeting the unique physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those who are nearing the end of life's journey. Our mission is to support the community by serving patients near end of life and guiding loved ones through grief.
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