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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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Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

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(p.321) Chapter 16 Sierra Leone
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Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa
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Michael Wright (Contributor Webpage)

David Clark

Jennifer Hunt

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206803.003.0016

The Republic of Sierra Leone (population 5.88 million) is a country in Western Africa bordering the North Atlantic Ocean. It covers an area of 71, 740 km 2 and its boundaries border the countries of Guinea and Liberia. In Sierra Leone, palliative care services are provided by The Shepherd's Hospice (TSH), Freetown. The range of services includes home-based care, inpatient care (24 h symptom control), outpatients' clinics (twice a week), education and training, orphans and vulnerable children's programme, Women's Wellness Project (WWP) and advocacy. As an NGO, TSH relies on fundraising and charitable donations to meet its costs. The national and professional organizations include the Christian Health Association of Sierra Leone (CHASL), and Friends of The Shepherd's Hospice (UK). TSH takes patients from Freetown and parts of the western area of Sierra Leone. The chapter then deals with the history and development of hospice-palliative care in Sierra Leone.

Keywords:   Sierra Leone, The Shepherd's Hospice, home-based care, Freetown, hospice-palliative care

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