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Palliative care is everyone’s business

Palliative care is everyone’s business

Do you know how many patients in Kenya live with and die in excruciating pain? Many! The Ministry of Health of Kenya estimates 38000 new cancer patients yearly, 27000 of whom will die within 2years of their diagnosis. Over 80% of these patients present with advanced illness and are candidates for palliative care. Few people in Kenya understand the meaning of palliative care and thus the reason...

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Life changing experience for Mary

Life changing experience for Mary

“Mary” (not her real name), a mother of 4 children lives with her family in Kawangware. Early 2012 she kept visiting different hospitals with different complaints with the hope of getting better which did not happen. Her condition became worse as time went by until when she sought for medical help from the national referral hospital in Nairobi. She was later diagnosed with breast cancer at...

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Passion and Hard work: Gatundu Level 4 Hospital’s new dawn

Passion and Hard work: Gatundu Level 4 Hospital’s new dawn

In central Kenya,in Kiambu County lies the beautiful landscapes of coffee and tea plantation that creates a serene atmosphere. The long meandering roads leads us towards Gatundu town. Far beyond the small town, we get into the premises of Gatundu Level 4 hospital. As we make our way into the premises we are welcomed by Peninah Njenga, Palliative care Coordinator. She is all smiling and...

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World Hospice and Palliative Care Day posters and materials published

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day posters and materials published

The World Hospice and Palliative Care Day posters and other materials for you to use to promote the Day in your country are now available to download from the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) website World Hospice and Palliative Care Day will take place on Saturday, 8 October 2016. It is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the...

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What is Geriatric medicine

What is Geriatric medicine

According to a 2011 report by Africa Economic Brief, the Population aging in most developing countries is highly correlated with physical and mental disability and an increase in the prevalence of a number of long term chronic conditions. In 2006, the World Health Organization (WHO) projected that diseases associated with aging such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and other forms of...

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Life cut short at prime age of 36

Life cut short at prime age of 36

“Mary” not her real name was diagnosed with breast cancer at an early age of 36 years; she was a young mother of three. Mary and her husband visited several facilities looking for cure and just like many Kenyans suffering from cancer she could not afford treatment in private facilities and most public facilities had limited resources to take care of her illness. Her condition deteriorated and...

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