Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa: A review of developments and challenges (Paperback)
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Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa: A review of developments and challenges (Paperback)

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Paperback 528 Pages / Published: 24/08/2006
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800 million people live in Africa, a continent which covers 22% of the world's surface and encompasses some 50 countries. Conflict, poverty, endemic diseases, and lack of clean water pose serious challenges for the population, made worse by a rampaging AIDS pandemic. Huge loss of life has impacted dramatically on both health systems and social and family structures. As the attention of the world focused increasingly on Africa, the International Observatory on End of Life Care was commissioned to conduct a timely review of hospice and palliative care development across the continent. The Observatory undertook this review using an approach specially designed for resource poor settings. Information was collected against an agreed template to allow comparisons between countries and regions. As a result, an insight is given into the challenges, opportunities and successes faced by hospice and palliative care workers, country by country, throughout the 26 countries in Africa where a palliative care initiative is underway. Strategies and models of care are explored, and the development of palliative care is viewed from various standpoints including ethnographic, historical, ethnic, demographic and epidemiological perspectives. This is the first comprehensive reference focusing exclusively on palliative care and hospice development in Africa, and makes fascinating reading.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199206803
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 905 g
Dimensions: 244 x 171 x 27 mm


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This is the first comprehensive reference work focusing exclusively on palliative care a hospice development in Africa. it will be of importance to activists, grant makers, service providers, researchers, and others interested in health care innovations in Africa. It will also appeal to health care professionals interested in ethics, healthcare systems, and development within an international context, as well as to policy makers and planners. * CABI *
...this is a very interesting review of the developments in hospice care in Africa and is a great addition to this area. It provides a thorough background in current challenges and opportunities for service providers, researchers and donors, among many others. It could inspire and generate more research in this area in the near future. * Journal of Advanced Nursing, *
As the available literature in palliative care provision from Africa is very limited, the data offered within this book provide valuable information for individuals already involved in palliative care and those studying palliative care in developing countries. * Journal of Advanced Nursing, *
Wright and Clark's inspiring book is a much-needed addition to the largely neglected area of palliative care research in Africa. It provides a thorough background in current challenges and opportunities for key stakeholders, including service providers, researchers, and donors among many others. Let us hope that the next review of palliative care across Africa will show an increased accessibility for care. * Lancet *

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