City project

Palliative care training for health professionals

Improving palliative care skills in Cali
Completion as of Mar 31, 2023
Areas of action
Project lead
Julian Agudelo

The challenge

In Cali, as in many other LMIC cities, there is a general need for a palliative care training programme, focused on primary health professionals.

The goal

To increase the number of professionals trained in basic palliative care.


This goal has been achieved through a virtual diploma course hosted on the eCancer platform, made available to primary care health professionals in the city. In addition, the local team have designed and edited a document to accompany the course and developed a synchronous virtual session to evaluate clinical cases. This entire process was endorsed by Cali’s health authorities.


More than 80 health professionals have been trained in basic palliative care and a reinforced working group has been consolidated with the main academic and palliative care institutions in Cali.


Palliative care training course developed and implemented.


Project Lead
Julian Agudelo
Project coordinator
Tania Pastrana
Sofia Bunge
Leticia Viana
Marcela Specos
Paola Andrea Díaz Zuluaga
Alberto Meléndez Gracia
Sociedad Latinoamericana de Cuidados Paliativos
Sociedad Colombiana de Cuidados Paliativos
Project team
Diego Villegas
Ma Mercedes Fajardo
Carolina López
Martha Lucía Franco
Mercedes Franco
Andrés Rodolfo Gómez Pérez

The course provided me with a much-needed update on new approaches to palliative care. As well as stressing the reality that every cancer is different, we have come to understand the key role of social, religious and family support.

Andrés Rodolfo Gómez Pérez
Physician at Imbanaco

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