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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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Oral history in africa

Oral history in africa

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(p.49) Chapter 2 Oral history in africa
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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/9780199206803.003.0002

This chapter provides a series of oral history accounts of hospice-palliative care development in Africa. In particular, it reflects the richness of oral history in the African context through the voices of health workers and other individuals caught up in the development of hospice-palliative care across the continent. The research methods are grounded in a social science approach. As part of this review, it conducted 107 recorded interviews with ninety-seven key personnel who described their work in fourteen African countries. These interviews explore the development of hospice-palliative care through the lived experience of in-country activists. They seek to discover why and how individuals became involved in hospice-palliative care developments; their achievements and frustrations, the perceived opportunities and barriers within the field, and visions for the future. The extracts presented here provide valuable perspectives on many of the issues contained in the country reports and constitute a first attempt at setting out an unfolding history of hospice-palliative care in Africa.

Keywords:   Africa, oral history, hospice, palliative care, health workers, social science

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