Care for Children

Palliative Treatment for Children (Patch) South Africa is an inclusive and compassionate network that aims to share specialised knowledge, tools and opportunities to ensure the best possible care for children with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses, and to provide support to families and lay caregivers. The vision of the organisation is to ensure that the right of every child with a life-threatening or life limiting condition to access quality palliative care in South Africa is met.

PATCH memberships is made up of healthcare professionals, family members and members of the community with an interest in palliative care for children. Families, lay caregivers and professionals including paediatricians, GP’s, nurses, social workers, allied health practitioners, psychologists, teachers and clergy are all welcome to join.

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Launch of Patch Academy 

Patch SA is the national charity supporting the development of hospice and palliative care services for children like Benjamin and for all children with any type of life-threatening or life-limiting illness or condition, and their families.

Patch SA Chair, paediatrician and Paediatric Palliative Care Specialist, Dr Michelle Meiring, released the following statement for International Childhood Cancer Day and the launch of Patch Academy:

“There is an enormous gap in the provision of education on children’s palliative care for medical and allied health care providers. Education in the basic elements of paediatric palliative care would ensure that children diagnosed with life-threatening and life limiting-illnesses and their families would receive good palliative care from the time of diagnosis, through the trajectory of the illness, at the end of life and into bereavement.

We are proud to announce the launch of Patch Academy, on online learning platform providing CEU accredited certificate courses on elements of children’s palliative care. While internationally relevant, the courses have been created specifically with South African health care providers in mind and are suited to doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologist, pharmacists, therapists and in fact anyone who wishes to learn how to provide palliative care to babies, toddlers, children and adolescents.”

Should you wish to learn more or undertake one of the CMSA accredited Patch Academy courses, please go to