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Children's Palliative Care in Africa
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Children's Palliative Care in Africa

Justin Amery

Abstract

Children's palliative care has developed rapidly as a discipline, as health-care professionals recognise that the principles of adult palliative care may not always be applicable to children at the end of life. The unique needs of dying children are particularly evident across Africa, where the scale of the problem is overwhelming and the figures so enormous that they are barely comprehensible: over 400,000 children in Africa died from AIDS in 2003, and out of the 166,000 children a year diagnosed with cancer, 84% of these are in the developing world. Despite the enormous need, provision of ch ... More

Keywords: dying children, palliative care, end of life, Africa, AIDS, cancer, developing world, health workers, symptom management, compassion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199567966
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567966.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin Amery, editor
Specialist GP in Children's Palliative Care, Bury Knowle Health Centre, Oxford, UK; Consultant to Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund; African Children's Palliative Care Network; and Clinical Director, Hospice Africa Uganda

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