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Another leap for palliative care: Migori County

Another leap for palliative care: Migori County

Did you know that only 3% of Kenyans have access to palliative care services? That is why Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) in collaboration with the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) advocates for integration of palliative care in every corner of this country. In regards to this, Director of Programs, Dr. Asaph Kinyanjui and Advocacy Director David Musyoki,...

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The continued quest to liberate through education

The continued quest to liberate through education

Caring for patients living with life threatening diseases is quite a challenging task and has to go hand in hand with legal and ethical considerations.  It is imperative to have in mind that there are a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding life-threatening diseases which more often than not, subject patients into a  state of fear. It is therefore important to know how to engage with...

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The Pain Free Hospital Initiative- Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital

The Pain Free Hospital Initiative- Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital

Pain is an indicator of an underlying disease. When not addressed, it leads to torture; affecting the patient’s life, the family and the society at large. That is why it is good to understand the urgency that is there in addressing pain management and not just locally but globally. People need to be sensitized on pain relief concepts and hence making it the 5th vital sign. Kenya Hospices and...

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Palliative care advocacy training at Rosa Mystica

Palliative care advocacy training at Rosa Mystica

In Kenya, Article 43 of the Constitution states, “Everyone has the right to the highest attainable standard of health.” Well, during a palliative care advocacy training at Rosa Mystica Centre in Nairobi, lawyer Melba Katindi put it clear; that this is a prerogative and hence no patient should be begging to have access to quality health services in Kenya. Nonetheless, is this the case with...

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Pain Free Hospital Initiative at the Aga Khan University Hospital

Pain Free Hospital Initiative at the Aga Khan University Hospital

“Pain relief is a human right. Failure of provision could actually lead to legal action,” those were the powerful words uttered by Dr. Gilbert Mwaka, a pain specialist at the Aga Khan University Hospital. However, the question to pose is; is everyone in need of pain relief treatment having access to it? Research carried out by Human Rights Watch indicates that every year, tens of millions of...

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