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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.309) Chapter 15 Nigeria
Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa

Michael Wright (Contributor Webpage)

David Clark

Jennifer Hunt

Oxford University Press

Nigeria (population 137.25 million) is a country in Western Africa that covers an area of 923, 768 km2. Palliative care services are provided by two organizations in Nigeria, the Palliative Care Initiative (Ibadan) and Hospice Nigeria (Lagos). Palliative care services in Nigeria are undeveloped. There is continuing resistance to some palliative care concepts including opiate use, the multidisciplinary team approach to the management of medical problems, and the inclusion of patient and family as the unit of care. Reimbursement and funding for services are shown. There is no national association in the country. The history and development of hospice-palliative care in Nigeria is covered. The chapter specifically describes life/oral histories, the public health context, health care system, and political economy.

Keywords:   Nigeria, Palliative Care Initiative, Hospice Nigeria, public health, health care system, political economy

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