KEHPCA believed that its outreach to palliative care
providers across Kenya was negatively impacted by its
lack of expertise in design and communications. When
the Fellow arrived, the communication tools employed
by the organization included a newsletter, a brochure,
and a web site. KEHPCA staff agreed that the web
site was difficult to use; its look and feel needed to be
The brochure was information heavy, as it covered the
concept of palliative care as well as the story of the
Association and its mission. Flasz saw that in addition
to her original assignment to update these materials
and the NGO’s brand identity, she would need to work
with KEHPCA to expand into additional communication
formats to reach the full spectrum of its stakeholders.
KEHPCA encompasses palliative care organizations in the inner city and the deepest countryside. The NGO serves patients and their families, healthcare professionals, aid workers, donors, and government ministries and agencies. How could the communications strategy be varied enough to speak to all the groups under KEHPCA’s umbrella? On a more intimate level Flasz questioned why the organization had not represented the human side of its work in its communications. Both graphic and content alternatives would need to be considered and vetted to make KEHPCA media more welcoming and representative of all the individuals the organization encompassed and served.
Flasz worked with the staff to review the Association’s brand identity by updating the logo, site, and brochure. The logo was updated to project a more personal aesthetic (the black line became gray, and a difficult to read slogan was omitted). To ease navigation on the site, content categories were assigned different colors and weights of type, and main links were grouped and reduced to the minimum number. Images became more prominent to convey the diversity of Kenyans involved. The back end was also rebuilt, replacing Joomla with Wordpress, which allows KEHPCA to update images, videos, and text as well as affording slide-show photo galleries, archives for posts, quick editing, page configuration, and many other options, and offers an e-newsletter template that is easy to update on a regular basis.
Flasz also revised the design of the former KEHPCA brochure and published it as two separate pieces – one brochure introduces the Association, its mission, vision, objectives, and goals, and provides a form for donations. The second KEHPCA brochure follows the same layout to introduce and explore the concept of palliative care. Staff training was also an important aspect of Flasz’ fellowship that allowed KEHPCA staff members to continue and build on the efforts that Flasz has started.
Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA)
KEHPCA works to improve the quality of life of persons with life threatening illnesses, such as cancer, tuberculosis, and AIDS, and their families through the provision of palliative care. The Association’s mission, based on the philosophy of health as a human right, is to promote and support acceptable, accessible, and affordable care to the growing numbers of persons with terminal illnesses throughout the nation. KEHPCA also aims to create awareness, advocacy, education, training, service delivery, program developments, and fund raising for all palliative care providers in Kenya.
Denise Flasz (Parsons MFA DT 2009) is is working on a Master’s thesis project that is a fine arts installation allowing users to capture their magnetic fields and create or destruct these representations in real time. It aims to inspire dialogue at the intersection of mainstream science and alternative diagnostic practices.