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Free palliative care services in Murang’a Level 5 Hospital

Free palliative care services in Murang’a Level 5 Hospital

On a warm Friday morning at Murang’a Level 5 Hospital in Murang’a County patients are seated in rows waiting in front of different units within the hospital. Monica Juma the only Kenya Registered Palliative Care Nurse (KRPCN) in Murang’a walks few steps in front of her visitors as she takes them round the various hospital amenities. She is excited about the rapid development of the...

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Thika Level 5 Hospital is becoming pain-free

Thika Level 5 Hospital is becoming pain-free

As health professionals took their seats in the tent pitched in front of Thika Palliative Care Unit in Kiambu County, one could see on their faces the enthusiasm they have for the well being of their patients. They are making efforts to go by the saying that, “a good physician treats the disease; the greatest physician treats the patient who has the disease”. Supported by Treat the Pain, a...

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Kenya Palliative Care Policy in the making

Kenya Palliative Care Policy in the making

“The greatest wealth is health”, the saying goes, yet sickness, pain, and death are part of human existence.  For this reason, palliative care, a service provided to patients and families faced with life-threatening illnesses has been an essential part of human life. It is with a great sense of care and respect for life that the Ministry of Health is working closely with Kenya Hospices and...

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THANK YOU, DAPHNE

THANK YOU, DAPHNE

“You will love this place”, Daphne kept saying as she oriented me to the Communication Department in Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA). It was my first day of internship and Daphne Bochaberi having interned for seven months was ready to take the next step in her profession. On Friday 16th February 2018, the KEHPCA team congratulated Daphne as she cut her thanksgiving and...

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Stepping up for our women

Stepping up for our women

Cervical cancer is one of the leading cancers in Kenya according to the Kenya Demographic Health Survey (KDHS) 2014. , The annual number of cervical cancer cases was 4800 while on the other had the annual number of deaths was 2451. In 2018 the numbers might increase due to poor lifestyle choices and insufficient awareness on healthy lifestyles. Creating awareness on health promotion, prevention...

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A new dawn

A new dawn

According to American Cancer Society, more than 100 chemotherapy or chemo drugs are used to treat cancer either alone or in combination with other medicines or treatments. These medicines are very different in their chemical composition, how they are taken, their usefulness in treating specific forms of cancer, and their side effects. In Kenya, access to chemotherapy is limited due to a poorly...

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