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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.333) Chapter 17 Swaziland
Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa

Michael Wright (Contributor Webpage)

David Clark

Jennifer Hunt

Oxford University Press

The Kingdom of Swaziland (population 1, 069, 000) is a small landlocked country in Southern Africa covering an area of 17, 364 km2 between South Africa and Mozambique. Four NGOs provide six hospice-palliative care services in Swaziland: Hope House; Swaziland Hospice at Home; Parish Nursing; and the Salvation Army. In addition, several community-based church organizations provide supportive care to terminally ill patients. All the hospice services are charities and rely heavily on donations for their income. Yet, funds come from a variety of sources. At a meeting of palliative care providers held in June 2003, a commitment was made to form a national palliative care association. The palliative care coverage and the palliative care workforce capacity of these services are reviewed. The chapter then outlines the history and development of hospice-palliative care in Swaziland.

Keywords:   Swaziland, Hope House, Swaziland Hospice at Home, Parish Nursing, Salvation Army, palliative care

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