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Effective communication to cancer patients and caregivers

Effective communication to cancer patients and caregivers

A Cancer information, education and communication material (IEC) is a guide package that entails a guide book, two sided fact sheet and a flip chart. The materials are both in Kiswahili and English in order to reach a larger audience of cancer patients, caregivers and participants who work closely with cancer patients. The information gives both the patients and the care givers standard...

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Reaching out to the vulnerable community

Reaching out to the vulnerable community

Elderly persons have specific needs which make them more vulnerable than others. Their limited mobility, poor vision and multiple chronic illnesses can make access to support difficult. The population of the elderly in Kenya is increasing and estimated that their number will be 2.2million. This is due to declining fertility and increased life expectancy. Globally, there has been increased...

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Kenya launches its second National Cancer Strategy that will bring hope to many

Kenya launches its second National Cancer Strategy that will bring hope to many

Cancer is the third leading cause of deaths in Kenya after infectious and cardiovascular diseases. It estimated that there are over 40,000 new cancer cases annually and that this number is expected to rise due to lifestyle changes, environmental pollution and low awareness levels in the general public. At the recently launch of the Kenya National Cancer Control Strategy 2010-2022, Dr Kioko,...

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KEHPCA Annual Dinner 2017

KEHPCA Annual Dinner 2017

It is now a decade; yes, 10 years of advocating for quality palliative care in Kenya. A journey of a thousand miles that began with a single step has yielded fruits. Patients’ lives have been transformed. Those that nearly gave up are now determined to live.Patients in severe pain now have access to opioids like morphine and are now leading pain free lives. Due to advocacy on integration of...

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Integrating legal aspects into palliative care

Integrating legal aspects into palliative care

“Sharing is good and with the digital technology, sharing is easy,” stated Richard Stallman. Need I say more that technology is powerful and has made it possible for people from different parts of the world to share information in a more efficient and effective manner. With that in mind; Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) in partnership with Open Society Institute have...

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Tackling Pain in Laikipia County

Tackling Pain in Laikipia County

“Vital signs are taken seriously, if pain was assessed with the same zeal as the other vital signs, it would have a much better chance of being treated,” Dr. James Campbell, MD. His words are a wakeup call; suggesting lack of proper pain management techniques to help ease pain and yet the number of people going through pain globally is alarming. Maybe some health workers do not even pay much...

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