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C.E.O Nakuru Hospice, Soaring to greater heights.

It was a moment of delight for Ms Elizabeth Ndung’u, who is the current C.E.O of Nakuru hospice when she was honored and elected as the president of Rotary club in Nakuru County last month. Rotary is a global network of people who are problem-solvers and who see the...

Fostering Spirituality In Palliative Care – KEHPCA 2018

Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA), the umbrella body for hospices and palliative care in Kenya, partnered with the American Cancer Society through SOURCE program, to undertake 3 day spirituality training at Nairobi Baptist church last week...

Breast Cancer Lemonade

There is always hope, though sometimes it may change and it may mean something different for each person in any given situation, the word “cancer” is no longer associated to death anymore. “It is weird to say that cancer has been a gift to me but in somewhat ways, it...

Dr. Zipporah Ali awarded 2018 Women4Africa Humanitarian Award

Africa, “the last continent, the dark continent, Women the weaker gender, the oppressed gender,” this is what the media has shared for many years but this is also the story that has changed. The sound of celebration will never end, not as long as we have ordinary...

Palliative care awareness on the rise

Attend a health-based meeting these days in Kenya and definitely, there will be discussions on palliative care. Palliative care awareness in Kenya is escalating evidenced by the many medical staff going for various trainings on palliative care and more patients...

Nothing for us without us

Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) constitute two-thirds of the global burden of disease, however, they attract 1-2% of global health financing while tuberculosis, malaria, maternal/child care and HIV/AIDS attract 90%. This is according to a report by World Health...

The voice of the warriors

We label them, sicklings, terminally ill, the affected, the victims, ailing and many other disheartening names but in the Access Accelerated summit, people living with non-communicable diseases (PLWNCDs) demonstrated that they are not limited to these labels. They are...

A united front against Non-Communicable Diseases

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) account for the loss of 100,000 lives in Kenya each year. This is according to a report launched by the Ministry of Health on a survey done between April and June 2015. Stakeholder collaboration is the fresh united front in Kenya to...

It hurts because it is real

“Pain is whatever a patient says it is. It exists wherever and whenever a patient says it does”. In an assessment of pain video clip, Dr. John Campbell quotes these famous words said by McCaffery in 1968 about pain management. “The patient is the only judge of their...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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