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Hospice and Palliative Care in AfricaA Review of Developments and Challenges$
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Michael Wright and David Clark

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206803

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206803.001.0001

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Overview of the study

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Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa

Michael Wright (Contributor Webpage)

David Clark

Jennifer Hunt

Oxford University Press

The history of palliative care should be seen in the context of social and political change, ideological conflict, civil war, economic fragility and an inadequate infrastructure. The palliative care in Africa is discussed. The work is intended as a focus for the efforts of existing researchers and palliative care workers and to stimulate research capacity building through the involvement of new colleagues. It also seeks to promote heightened awareness among international funders and donors, with the potential for increased involvement in and additional resources for new and existing programmes. Taking into account the overall development of hospice-palliative care in Africa, the continent's forty-seven countries can be grouped into four categories: (1) no known hospice-palliative care activity; (2) countries with hospice and palliative care capacity building activity; (3) countries with localized provision of hospice and palliative care; and (4) countries where hospice and palliative care activities are approaching integration with the wider public health system. In general, this review of hospice-palliative care developments in Africa shows the impact of individual, charismatically led service initiatives, but also reveals some of their limitations.

Keywords:   palliative care, Africa, hospice, building activity, public health

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