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Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care Training in Sarawak


Sarawak, the largest state in Malaysia, is situated on the island of Borneo and has a population of approximately 3 million. Most of the population resides in rural areas, with a few urban centers and Kuching serving as the capital city. Palliative care services in Sarawak are likely to be accessible to only a tiny portion of the population, although the estimated coverage for Malaysia as a whole is around 10%.

In early 2022, representatives from the palliative care community in Sarawak applied for the state to be considered for the Lien Collaborative project. A team consisting of the APHN Chair, APHN Vice Chair, one of the APHN members, and CEO of the Lien Foundation visited several sites in Kuching and held meetings with key stakeholders in the second half of 2022.

For successful participation in the Lien Collaborative project, political support, access to medicines, support for multi-sector education, and service development are key factors. Fortunately, these were present at different levels in Sarawak. Some weaknesses have been identified, and it is hoped that a state task force in palliative care will discuss and address these in the coming months. The proposed scope of training under the Lien Collaborative will need to be deliberated further to achieve the best outcomes.

Key factors for successful participation in the Lien Collaborative project

Political Support

Access to medicines

Support for multi-sector education

Service development


Latest Updates

  • In August 2022, Dr. Ednin Hamzah (APHN Chiar), Assoc. Prof. Ghauri Aggarwal (APHN Vise Chair), Dr. Jan Maree Davis (APHN member), and Mr. Lee Poh Wah (CEO, Lien Foundation) visited several sites in Kuching and held meetings with key stakeholders, including the Deputy Premier of Sarawak, Director of Sarawak General Hospital, Director of Sibu Hospital, Director of Two Tree Lodge Hospice, and CEO of Kuching Life Care.

  • Sarawak General Hospital has been identified as a training site for the Lien Collaborative project, and many healthcare workers in the area are able to communicate in English as well as their local languages.

  • Identified weaknesses are expected to be addressed through discussions within a state task force dedicated to palliative care in the upcoming months.

  • Further deliberations are needed to define the scope of training under the Lien Collaborative project and ensure the achievement of optimal outcomes.

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