Paedspal was established in 2016 in response to the desperate need for palliative care services for children with non-curable illnesses. Central to this is the recognition that care needs to be holistic, responding to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the child and the family.

According to UNICEF, over 800 000 South African children were in need of palliative care yet less than 5% were receiving it in 2013. Unfortunately, government funding for specialist palliative care is very limited and the bulk of specialist services are provided by the NGO sector.

To this end, Paedspal has rapidly grown to respond to an urgent need. On average, Paedspal provides over 4,000 palliative care consultations to children and their families every year. With a staff of 16, Paedspal is the largest specialist palliative care organisation in the country dedicated to children.


To enable children with serious health-related suffering to find relief, their families to receive support, and to empower healthcare practitioners to provide holistic palliative care. 


To advocate for and facilitate the integration of Paediatric palliative care into the South African healthcare system through specialist clinical services, education, research and health system strengthening which is sustainable, culturally sensitive and responsive to the needs of children, their families and communities. 

What is Paediatric Palliative Care

Paediatric Palliative care is a rapidly developing new approach to care, organized in some places as a specialty, to improve the care of children with serious health related suffering. It is the science or art of lessening physical, psychosocial, emotional, and spiritual suffering by multidisciplinary teams that mobilize existing resources around the patient and family.