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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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(p.277) Chapter 12 Egypt
Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa

Michael Wright (Contributor Webpage)

David Clark

Jennifer Hunt

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Egypt (population 76, 117, 421) is a country in Northern Africa which covers an area of 1, 001, 450 km2. It appears that supportive care with elements of hospice-palliative care may be linked to the development of other services. The author has taken the view that where a service is in the process of development from (largely) physical care to a broader form of holistic care that approximates to the WHO definition of palliative care, it should then be included in the study. There are three organizations that provide hospice-palliative care services. The Cairo Evangelical Medical Society provides hospice facilities at the Cairo Evangelical Medical Hospital and at Elhadara Elromany, in Alexandria. The Cairo Evangelical Medical Hospice provides privately funded inpatient hospice and home care. Although there are many NGOs involved in general health care in Egypt, currently none are dedicated to palliative care. Furthermore, it provides the history and development of hospice-palliative care in Egypt.

Keywords:   Egypt, home care, hospice facilities, inpatient hospice, Elhadara Elromany, palliative care

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