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Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa
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Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa: A Review of Developments and Challenges

Michael Wright and David Clark

Abstract

Eight hundred million people live in Africa, a continent which covers 22 percent of the world's surface and encompasses some fifty 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 c ... More

Keywords: Africa, AIDS, hospice development, hospice, palliative care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199206803
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206803.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Wright, author
International Observatory on End of Life Care, Institute for Health Research, Lancaster University, UK
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David Clark, author
Professor of Medical Sociology and Director, International Observatory on End of Life Care, Institute for Health Research, Lancaster University, UK

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Part 1 Summary

Part 2 A Narrative History of Hospice–palliative Care In Africa