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Mayday Mayday Mayday!!

Mayday Mayday Mayday!!

This is a call no pilot or captain ever wants to make, it is an emergency call asking for help from the people on the ground when the plane has developed complications and requires emergency landing. The pilot is saying; help me help me!! Having watched a lot of plane crash documentaries, the success of a plane crash is significantly determined by the support the pilot gets from the team on the...

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A Diamond In The Rough

A Diamond In The Rough

“I used to cry everyday after I was diagnosed with cervical cancer, I was not be able to tell my children what I was suffering from but after I started coming to the palliative care unit and attend my support group meeting, I informed all my family members and now they are aware that am suffering from cancer.” Said Mweni (not her real name) In life we all need someone to lean on when times...

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What’s Your Business?

What’s Your Business?

“That’s tough,” or “that’s so depressing,” are words you may come across when you tell people that you want to be a palliative care nurse. People who decide to be palliative care nurses find that, rather than being depressing or sad, it’s rewarding to see a smiling face on a patient despite suffering from a condition that is hard to cure. Like everything else, it’s not...

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What’s Up?

What’s Up?

Recently the Kenya Hospice and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) staff visited a number of palliative care units in Kenya to follow up the progression of integration of palliative care. Isiolo County Referral Hospital Travelling 5km in pain can be a task that majority of us cannot handle and yet some patients travel over 100 km in severe pain to Isiolo County Referral Hospital just to be...

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No Pain, No Gain? Doubt that!

No Pain, No Gain? Doubt that!

When going to hospital to be treated for whichever ailment that has decided to attack your body, one would expected to be “pain free” as they undergo the necessary procedures to cure them. Well some do get pain free help but majority of others still suffer under severe pain, not because the hospital does not have the adequate medication needed to free your body from torture, but at times...

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Living And Dying In Pain: It doesn’t have to happen. (World Day 2016)

Living And Dying In Pain: It doesn’t have to happen. (World Day 2016)

Did you know that around the world, 75% of people (5.5 billion people) have no, or inadequate, access to controlled medications that they need to treat moderate to severe pain? As a result, millions of people, including around 18 million persons at the end of life, suffer from treatable pain that could be managed with proper access to the correct medications. During the recently concluded World...

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