To provide suitable, accessible and culturally appropriate hospice/palliative care services.


To care for those with serious illnesses, and their families, helping  them live as fully and comfortably as possible.


Quality of Care

  • To improve quality of life for patients suffering from cancer and/or HIV/AIDS through holistic palliative care services at the Hospice Ethiopia Care Center and at home;
  • To support the families of patients through grief counseling and financial aid;
  • To provide psychosocial and spiritual care for our patients;


  • To train health professionals in government and private health care facilities in palliative care;

Awareness and Advocacy

  • To raise awareness about the need for palliative care in Ethiopia;
  • To create an enabling environment for implementing palliative care in Addis Ababa;
  • To strengthen referral linkages for palliative/hospice care in Addis Ababa;
  • To strengthen partnerships with palliative/hospice care organizations worldwide;
  • To ensure sustainability and expansion of community based palliative care;

Ephrem Abathun, Executive Director at Hospice Ethiopia, and Nicola Ayers, the Palliative Care Advisor at the Federal Ministry of Health speak about the program. Video courtesy of Hospice Ethiopia UK partnership.