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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.409) Chapter 22 Cameroon
Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa

Michael Wright (Contributor Webpage)

David Clark

Jennifer Hunt

Oxford University Press

Cameroon (population 16.06 million people) is a country in Western Africa bordering the Bight of Biafra that covers an area of 475, 440 km2. In resource-poor areas, the blending of supportive care with hospice-palliative care is frequently linked to the development of previously established services, particularly home-based care. The health repercussions of the AIDS epidemic have been the impetus for introducing care to the chronically ill in Cameroon. The Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Board is discussed. Cameroon proposes to use Global Fund financial support to improve overall case management in order to complete the range of services available to people affected by AIDS, including 10, 000 orphans and vulnerable children. The International Narcotics Control Board 6 has no published figures for the consumption of narcotic drugs in Cameroon. The WHO overall health care system performance score places Cameroon 164th out of 191 countries. The political economy of this country is provided.

Keywords:   Cameroon, supportive care, hospice, palliative care, narcotic drugs, Global Fund, health care system, political economy

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