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Palliative care FAQs

We answer some of the most commonly asked questions around palliative care from patients and their families. Do I need to stop seeing my oncologist if I start to see a palliative care doctor?No, palliative care is an extra layer of support and the palliative care doctor will work alongside your oncologist and any other involved healthcare practitioners such as [...]

The need for kindness, and really listening

Dr Nosisa Matsiliza wants medical practitioners and patients to know that palliative care doesn’t mean giving up; palliative care is not just for the very last days of life. Dr Nosisa Matsiliza was practising palliative care long before she officially trained as a palliative care doctor in 2017. The holistic approach to care – looking at physical, [...]

Caregiver and baby

Honesty, empathy and morphine

Dr Julia Ambler is a paediatric palliative care doctor who, together with the team at Umduduzi Hospice in KZN, provide care and support for very sick children and their families. Her primary tools are honesty, empathy and expertly administered morphine. There’s a story Dr Julia Ambler tells about a two-year-old girl who was diagnosed with a rare, slow-growing brain tumour. [...]

Dr David Cameron

Palliative care in South Africa: An interview with Dr. David Cameron

Dr David Cameron has been involved in the care of people with advanced serious illnesses over the past 30 years. These patients face many challenges, including unpleasant symptoms and a significant loss of independence. They need increasing help with their daily activities. They also face an uncertain future with regards to recovery or further decline and a premature death. [...]

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Alignd wins Best Journal Paper at prestigious BHF Titanium Awards

Alignd shone at the recent BHF Conference Titanium Awards night with the cofounders winning Best Journal Paper Award entitled The devil’s in the detail: A value-based contracting case study. The case study focused on the personal experience of Alignd’s cofounders in developing a value-based contracting solution for the South African market. “The award signifies growing industry recognition of our work and [...]

Andrew Davies, Signapps™

Putting the patient at the centre of the conversation

Alignd recently partnered with South African tech business Signapps™, which has developed Signapps™ Care, a care-co-ordination platform. The platform is a core component in the delivery of Alignd’s value-based care model.  We chatted to Signapps™ founder Andrew Davies about the platform and his motivation behind starting the business. Alignd: What is the significance behind the development of Signapps™ Care platform? Davies: [...]

The launch of the model proposed by Alignd has been perfectly timed.

Liz Still, editor of the 2019 Healthcare Edition in South Africa spoke to Alignd about the current state of the healthcare sector in the country and how Alignd’s business proposition fits into it. Alignd: You are in the process of completing the 2019 edition of Healthcare Edition in South Africa.  How would you summarise the most critical aspects facing the [...]

Transforming the last chapter of life

We stand in dappled light in a verdant field, taking photographs for the website for our new company: Alignd. The photographer’s name is Clare. She is tall, soulful, coaxing us to step forward and to claim our place: We’re here to drive much needed change in our healthcare system; We have a bold vision for a new world [...]