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A Public Health Perspective on End of Life Care$
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Joachim Cohen and Luc Deliens

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599400

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599400.001.0001

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Public health policy regarding end-of-life care in sub-Saharan Africa

Public health policy regarding end-of-life care in sub-Saharan Africa

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(p.206) Chapter 19 Public health policy regarding end-of-life care in sub-Saharan Africa
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A Public Health Perspective on End of Life Care
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Julia Downing

Richard Harding

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599400.003.0087

This chapter focuses on public health policy regarding end-of-life care in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). There is an overwhelming need for quality palliative care services across SSA. Centres of excellence exist and enormous advocacy gains have been made. Lessons have been learnt in terms of coverage, lobbying and advocacy, and innovative low cost integrated palliative care in an unpredictable trajectory that can be useful for other regions of the world. However, palliative care remains a public health priority within the region and practitioners need to continue to be innovative, adapting and developing appropriate models of care that best meet the public health needs for all.

Keywords:   palliative care, end-of-life care, health care, public health care policy

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