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Palliative care for children with cerebral palsy in India

Palliative care for children with cerebral palsy in India

This case study of children with cerebral palsy in India illustrates the Hidden Lives, Hidden Patients theme of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day this year, with a strong emphasis on the needs of children. The theme for this year’s World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is Hidden Lives, Hidden Patients. Millions of children in India would benefit from palliative care but fewer than 1% of...

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Volunteers Crucial for Daycare

Volunteers Crucial for Daycare

Daycare is usually an occasion for celebrating the little joys and blessings of life. In hospices and palliative care units across Kenya, patients, their families, volunteers, corporate and care givers come together to offer joy and happiness to the terminally ill so that for a few hours, they can forget their worries and problems. A crucial element of day care is the volunteer. These individuals...

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Targeting The Improvement Of End of Life Nursing Care In Kenya

Targeting The Improvement Of End of Life Nursing Care In Kenya

Hospice care is basically about compassionate care. Caring for patients with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses in such a way that these patients feel like some extra days have been added in their lives despite the reality being that they may not even be guaranteed tomorrow. This is the major task of the End of Life Nursing education Consortium (ELNEC) based in Washington D.C. in the...

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New Randomised Control Trial evidence shows integrated palliative care improves outcomes for people on treatment for HIV

New Randomised Control Trial evidence shows integrated palliative care improves outcomes for people on treatment for HIV

New findings from a Randomised Control Trial of integrated palliative care delivered by existing outpatient nurses to HIV patients on treatment has found significant improvements in psychosocial problems, quality of life and psychological morbidity. The aim of current global policy is that by 2020, 90% of people with HIV will be tested, of these 90% will be on treatment, and of those on treatment...

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Hidden Lives/ Hidden Patients: Theme announced for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

Hidden Lives/ Hidden Patients: Theme announced for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) and the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) have announced the theme for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day: ‘Hidden Lives/ Hidden Patients.’ This year’s theme will focus on the patients living in unique conditions who often struggle with access to palliative care including children, LGBT individuals, HIV...

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Advance Care Planning in Kenya, Starting the Conversation

Advance Care Planning in Kenya, Starting the Conversation

Advance Care Planning is the process of reflection and communication, a time for one to reflect on their wishes and values, and to let others know your future health and personal care preferences in the event that you become incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment or other care. Advance care planning means having discussions with family and friends, especially those who you wish to be...

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