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The voice of the warriors

The voice of the warriors

We label them, sicklings, terminally ill, the affected, the victims, ailing and many other disheartening names but in the Access Accelerated summit, people living with non-communicable diseases (PLWNCDs) demonstrated that they are not limited to these labels. They are the health warriors. They try to live productive lives despite being limited by diseases of long duration and slow progression....

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A united front against Non-Communicable Diseases

A united front against Non-Communicable Diseases

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) account for the loss of 100,000 lives in Kenya each year. This is according to a report launched by the Ministry of Health on a survey done between April and June 2015. Stakeholder collaboration is the fresh united front in Kenya to wage war against these life-terminating monsters. The 21st and 22nd of March 2018 witnessed a stakeholder collaboration event in...

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It hurts because it is real

It hurts because it is real

“Pain is whatever a patient says it is. It exists wherever and whenever a patient says it does”. In an assessment of pain video clip, Dr. John Campbell quotes these famous words said by McCaffery in 1968 about pain management. “The patient is the only judge of their pain and they have to be believed”, Dr. Campbell adds. The reason why the Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association...

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Free palliative care services in Murang’a Level 5 Hospital

Free palliative care services in Murang’a Level 5 Hospital

On a warm Friday morning at Murang’a Level 5 Hospital in Murang’a County patients are seated in rows waiting in front of different units within the hospital. Monica Juma the only Kenya Registered Palliative Care Nurse (KRPCN) in Murang’a walks few steps in front of her visitors as she takes them round the various hospital amenities. She is excited about the rapid development of the...

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Thika Level 5 Hospital is becoming pain-free

Thika Level 5 Hospital is becoming pain-free

As health professionals took their seats in the tent pitched in front of Thika Palliative Care Unit in Kiambu County, one could see on their faces the enthusiasm they have for the well being of their patients. They are making efforts to go by the saying that, “a good physician treats the disease; the greatest physician treats the patient who has the disease”. Supported by Treat the Pain, a...

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