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New policy to boost uptake of palliative care

New policy to boost uptake of palliative care

For a long time, palliative care has been associated with cancer patients, but this is now changing. Patients with other long-term critical illnesses are taking up these services. Palliative care is the support patients receive with the active, progressive,...

New Kid on the block

New Kid on the block

Makindu Palliative Care Unit (PCU) is currently the new PCU in Kenya. Makindu hospital is located off the Nairobi - Mombassa Highway, in Makueni County. The unit was opened on 22nd February 2021 to serve patients with palliative care needs. “The official launch will...

Psychological Support in Palliative Care

Psychological Support in Palliative Care

Psychological health and support are important in every stage and season in life but more so in Persons Living with Palliative Care Needs (PLWPCNs). It is important that psychological care is provided to PLWPCNs and their families. This can be done through a range of...

Mother with cancer opts to give up kids

Mother with cancer opts to give up kids

Inside a room marked nine, a fading figure inscribed on the door of a tiny single-roomed house in Mukuru Kwa Njenga slum, is a woman facing the hardest decision of her life. She is battling cervical cancer and has no close family to take care of her. The disease is...

Economic and Social Consequences of Cancer in Kenya

Economic and Social Consequences of Cancer in Kenya

“We need to enhance Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Let’s enhance more resources especially in palliative care.” H.E Hon. Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o Governor for Kisumu County. Palliative Care is critical in the role of global cancer care although many people living in...

Palliative Care Saved my Life

Palliative Care Saved my Life

Although a misunderstood aspect of healthcare, it became a lifesaver for Perpetua Ngumi and Florence Nyambura, and experts now urge more Kenyans to consider it. When Perpetua Ngumi was diagnosed with stage 3B cervical cancer in 2004, she never thought there...

ANOTHER CELEBRATION FOR MERU PALLIATIVE CARE CHAMPIONS

ANOTHER CELEBRATION FOR MERU PALLIATIVE CARE CHAMPIONS

The wise old saying by Leo Buscaglia confirms the true reality of making palliative care dream come true in other sub-county hospitals in Meru. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the...

Nyeri County to Train over 2,500 Volunteers on Palliative Care

Nyeri County to Train over 2,500 Volunteers on Palliative Care

Nyeri County is working on a programme to train some of its community health volunteers (CHVs) to assist patients in need of palliative care. Palliative care is a service that relieves pain, symptoms, and stress caused by serious injuries or illnesses. According to...

Experts want NHIF to Cover End-of-Life Care

Experts are in talks with the National Hospital Insurance Fund to expand its coverage to include end-of-life palliative care. The initiative led by Nyeri Deputy Governor Dr. Caroline Karugu aims to ensure timely access to palliative care by all Kenyans. Palliative...

Launch of Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital Cancer Clinic

Launch of Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital Cancer Clinic

Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital (NTRH) is located in the cosmopolitan Laikipia County. It has the highest workload in the region compared to its physical capacity. It is a Level 4 hospital that serves over 50,000 patients in a quarter. The cancer clinic was...

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