Dr. Zipporah Ali
KESHO 2020 Conference Committee Member
Dr. Zipporah Ali (Zippy) is the Executive Director of Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association, MD, MPH, MPC, HonDUniv.
Dr Zipporah Ali is the Executive Director or of Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA). She serves on the board of several organizations including; International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN), Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) and ehospice, Kenya Network of Cancer Organizations (KENCO), Cancer Alliance Kenya, City Cancer Challenge and Alzheimer/Dementia Kenya. She has previously served on the International Hospice and Palliative Care Association (IAHPC), African Palliative Care Association (APCA), Kenya Cancer Association, Hope for Cancer Kids, St. George’s Secondary School and Kenya Cancer Association Boards.
Dr. Ali is involved in advocacy and creating awareness on pain relief and palliative care in Kenya for children and adults. In her leadership role as the Executive Director for KEHPCA, she has been instrumental in fostering strong relationships with the Ministry of Health to integrate palliative care into government hospitals. She has also been instrumental in advocating for palliative care to be integrated in undergraduate medical and nursing schools in Kenya. She is a strong advocate for cancer prevention, control and treatment and was instrumental in developing the first National Cancer Control Strategy and the National Guidelines for Cancer Management-Kenya
Since 1993, when Dr Ali joined the Nairobi Hospice as the Senior Medical Officer, she has been involved in education and training of both health care and non health care professionals in palliative care across the country. Dr. Ali also lectures at the University of Nairobi Oncology Fellowship program and at the Undergraduate Medical Students at Jomo Kenyatta University of Technology and Agriculture (JKUAT). She also trains on palliative care across the country.
Dr. Ali holds an MD from Ege University, Izmir, Turkey, a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Nairobi, a Higher Diploma in Palliative Care from Oxford Brookes University and a Masters in Palliative Care from the University of Dundee. She has completed the International Pain Policy Fellow program with the International Pain Policy Studies Group (WHO Collaborating Centre for Policy and Communication in Cancer Care, University of Wisconsin) as well as Higher Diploma in the International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative at The Institute of Palliative Medicine at the San Diego Hospice.
- June 2018: Doctor of Law Honoris Causa-University of Dundee
- May 2018: International Humanitarian Award-Women4Africa
- April 2018-Social Impact Award for the Sub-Saharan Africa region-British Council
- June 2012: Honorary Doctor of the University by Oxford Brookes University
- September 2013: Individual Advocacy Award by the African Palliative Care Association and Open Society Foundations