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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.235) Chapter 9 Zimbabwe
Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa

Michael Wright (Contributor Webpage)

David Clark

Jennifer Hunt

Oxford University Press

Zimbabwe (population 12.84 million) is a landlocked country in Southern Africa that covers an area of 390, 580 km2. There are thirteen organizations that provide a total of thirty-four palliative care services. These organizations include Bekezela Community Home Based Care, Dananai Home Based Care, Family AIDS Caring Trust (FACT), Island Hospice, Lubancho House, Mashambanzou Care Trust, Mildmay Centre Harare Children's Hospital, Morgenster Mission Hospital, Seke Rural Home Based Care, and Thembelihle Halfway Home. The reimbursement and funding for services is discussed. The chapter also describes opioid availability and consumption. Next, it emphasizes the palliative care workforce capacity. It then describes the history and development of hospice-palliative care in Zimbabwe. The ethical issues, life/oral histories, public health context, health care system, and the political economy are discussed as well.

Keywords:   Zimbabwe, hospice, palliative care, opioid, health care system, workforce capacity, Island Hospice, Lubancho House, Mashambanzou Care Trust

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