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Hidden lives of children suffering from malnutrition in Malawi

Hidden lives of children suffering from malnutrition in Malawi

The Umodzi Children’s Palliative Care programme in Malawi cares for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions from all around the country. Dr Cornelius Huwa reports that 5% of their patients suffer from malnutrition. This article, taken from the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day report, available for download from the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance...

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Palliative care for prisoners in South Africa

Palliative care for prisoners in South Africa

In the province of KwaZulu Natal (KZN), the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) set up a pilot programme to address the palliative care needs of prisoners. A formal partnership was established in 2009 with the KZN Department of Correctional Services (DCS) with the focus to equip health staff within the DCS to provide palliative care to inmates. Staff within the prisons...

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Pharmacists at KNH begin the journey towards learning about the importance of pain management

Pharmacists at KNH begin the journey towards learning about the importance of pain management

Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) has been working with the Ministry of Health (MoH) to have palliative care services integrated in the health systems. Similarly, KEHPCA has been working with the largest teaching and referral hospital in the land,Kenyatta National Hospital, to integrate pain management in the hospital as one of the palliative care principles. Pain is the...

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How a Journey to Africa Paved The Way for Kelly to Become Involved In Palliative Care

How a Journey to Africa Paved The Way for Kelly to Become Involved In Palliative Care

Fate is a funny thing, isn’t it? You start a journey to a far away land not knowing that the journey is about to change your life forever. That was the case for Kelly Third, a Canadian palliative care nurse a few years ago. She came to the African continent as a project coordinator for her family’s construction business. By the end of her visit, she was headed to nursing school to pursue a...

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Hidden lives of children with genetic conditions highlighted in World Day Report

Hidden lives of children with genetic conditions highlighted in World Day Report

Children with genetic conditions belong in palliative care programmes. In this article, Dr Chong from StarPALS in Singapore, explains that these children and their families deserve the compassionate and comprehensive care that palliative care can provide. Taken from the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day report, available to download from theWorldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance website,...

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KEHPCA Elevator speech

KEHPCA Elevator speech

Do you know how many patients in Kenya live with and die from advanced cancer and other incurable conditions? Many! KEHPCA, the umbrella body for hospices and palliative care in the country, works on efforts to relieve their pain and suffering by advocating for palliative care; which is care that focuses on improving the quality of life for those with life-limiting illnesses. But we do so much...

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