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High incidences of cancer call for palliative care in Murang’a

High incidences of cancer call for palliative care in Murang’a

The high number of patients presenting with life threatening illnesses especially cancer in Murang’a County has triggered the District Hospital to move with haste in establishing a palliative care unit to address their plight. Most patients visiting the hospital are referred to Nyeri Hospice and Nairobi for management and further treatment respectively, some services which could be offered at...

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Msambweni Sub-County Hospital to introduce palliative care

Msambweni Sub-County Hospital to introduce palliative care

Msambweni Sub-County Hospital is planning to set up a palliative care unit soon. Leading to this achievement, the hospital team recently visited Coast Hospice to familiarise themselves with operations in a palliative care environment. Coast Hospice Clinical Coordinator Eric Amisi took the team through the process of handling clients including patient and family experiences while attending clients...

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Supporting a patient to the last day; a story from Chogoria PCU

Supporting a patient to the last day; a story from Chogoria PCU

Palliative care has not once nor twice, but many times proved beneficial to patients with life threatening illnesses even when it starts at late stages of an illness until their last day. Joy (not her real name) died at the age of 87 years towards the end of March 2014 and her story elaborates the care palliative care providers are willing to offer even amid scarcity of resources. She remains...

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Naivasha Hospital to accelerate palliative care

Naivasha Hospital to accelerate palliative care

Naivasha District Hospital will soon have a unit to accelerate palliative care service delivery in the region after the team received 40gms of morphine, some tools and reading materials from Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) alongside furniture courtesy of funds from Hospice Care Kenya (HCK) to equip their unit. The HCK funds raised through a BBC radio appeal in September...

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UK mentors support Kenyan palliative care providers

UK mentors support Kenyan palliative care providers

In the effort of strengthening palliative care in Kenya, Tropical Health & Education Trust (THET) is supporting palliative care experts from University of Edinburgh and other institutions to offer mentorship to palliative care providers in three hospitals namely Moi Teaching and Referral, Nyeri and Homa Bay Hospitals. Speaking during a visit to Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association...

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Call for Abstracts now open for KEHPCA Conference

Call for Abstracts now open for KEHPCA Conference

The Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA)’s 4th National Palliative Care Conference call for abstracts is now open. The Biennial conference taking place from 12th to 14th November 2014 at the Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi seeks to bring together experts, care givers, patients, policy makers and many others to share experiences and deliberate on hospice and palliative care...

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