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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.403) Chapter 21 Algeria
Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa

Michael Wright (Contributor Webpage)

David Clark

Jennifer Hunt

Oxford University Press

Algeria (population 32.13 million people) is a country in Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea that covers an area of 2, 381, 740 km2. Palliative care services have not been identified in Algeria, but there is evidence of growing interest. For the years 2000–2002, the average defined daily dose consumption of morphine for statistical purposes (S-DDD) in Algeria was 0. A report by nurse educator Françoise Porchet and her colleagues on the training they gave in the Maghreb is given. The public health context is addressed, including Algeria's population and epidemiology. The chapter also considers the health care system. The WHO overall health system performance score places Algeria 81st out of 191 countries. Finally, Algeria's political economy is investigated.

Keywords:   Algeria, palliative care services, morphine, Françoise Porchet, health care system, public health, political economy

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