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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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Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa)

Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa)

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(p.423) Chapter 24 Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa)
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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/9780199206803.003.0024

Democratic Republic of the Congo (population 58.32 million people) is a country in Central Africa that covers an area of 2, 345, 410 km2. Interest in palliative care has come to light in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where a group based in Kinshasa is introducing a broader form of care at the general hospital and at the Clinique Universitaire. A nascent home care service is also being pioneered. The International Youth Association for Development and its partner organization, Tout-Age, are NGOs and rely on charitable donations. The International Narcotics Control Board has published the following figures for the consumption of narcotic drugs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: codeine 13 kg; morphine 1 kg; pethidine 1 kg; and diphenoxylate 7 kg. The WHO overall health care system performance score places the Democratic Republic of the Congo 188th out of 191 countries. Moreover, the political economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is explained.

Keywords:   Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kinshasa, narcotic drugs, Tout-Age, health care system, political economy

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