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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.437) Chapter 26 Ghana
Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa

Michael Wright (Contributor Webpage)

David Clark

Jennifer Hunt

Oxford University Press

Ghana (population 20.76 million) is a country in Western Africa that covers an area of 239, 460 km2. There are no established palliative care services in Ghana. In the absence of formal structures, individuals in Ghana have begun to incorporate palliative care principles into home-based care projects with AIDS and cancer patients. In addition, the history and development of hospice-palliative care in Ghana is explained. The chapter includes the ethical issues, life/oral histories, public health context, epidemiology, health care system, and political economy.

Keywords:   Ghana, palliative care, hospice, public health, epidemiology, health care system, political economy

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