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Not Even Cancer Will Break a Family’s Resolve

Not Even Cancer Will Break a Family’s Resolve

Four children in tow, Mr. Colman Kiprugut Rotich makes his way to Kimbilio Hospice. It is mid-morning and the sun is trying to peer through the clouds hanging over the azure sky in Kipkaren, Eldoret County. This is a trek Mr. Rotich and his children make almost daily as they go to visit his wife and their mother who is a patient at the hospice. With children aged between 18 years and 9 months,...

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Kimbilio, Refuge for Kipkaren Residents

Kimbilio, Refuge for Kipkaren Residents

Nestled in the lush landscape of Kipkaren in Eldoret County, Kimbilio Hospice is a lifesaver of sorts for area residents. The inpatient hospice started in 2010 as part of a community based program and shelter for 8 patients. In 2011, a larger hospice was built to cater to more patients, increasing the occupancy to 24. Like most areas of Kenya, the hospice started off dealing with HIV&AIDS...

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Engaging Scribes in Efforts to Advance Palliative Care Reporting

Engaging Scribes in Efforts to Advance Palliative Care Reporting

Palliative care is everyone’s business. It is more than the patients and care providers. It goes beyond hospice and care units to the various public stakeholders including governments. Most importantly, it involves the media who are an integral part of society. As the fourth estate, their role of informing and educating the public is a very crucial one in the Kenyan context where palliative...

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A cancer diagnosis, isn’t the end of the world

A cancer diagnosis, isn’t the end of the world

“When one is diagnosed with a terminal illness, the first thought is to panic and think this is the end of the world. Once you go through the process, you realize there is so much more to life than the diagnosis and that life actually never ends.” These are the words of 65 year old Josephine Njoki, who is receiving treatment for breast cancer at Kenya’s largest referral hospital Kenyatta...

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Fun Times All Round for Hospice Patients Because Life is Short

Fun Times All Round for Hospice Patients Because Life is Short

It is a new age saying among the young people nowadays, You Only Live Once (YOLO). Well, for patients at Nairobi Hospice in Nairobi, their latest day care this was the mantra. Four corporate partners of the hospice were visiting the patients to offer hair and beauty services and makeovers. And on this particular day surprisingly only female patients had come for day care. After the regular...

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Hospice Care Work Explained To the Youth

Hospice Care Work Explained To the Youth

It is often a cliché that is used numerous times on a daily basis; the youth are the future of tomorrow. But looking at it critically and especially in palliative care work, it actually rings true. For palliative care to continue growing and becoming an integral part of healthcare systems the world over, the next generation needs to be informed. Nairobi Hospice in Kenya, like all hospices and...

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