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

Julia Downing and Richard Harding

in A Public Health Perspective on End of Life Care

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599400
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739170 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599400.003.0087
Public health policy regarding end-of-life care in sub-Saharan Africa

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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

Chapter.  3885 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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