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Home-Based Palliative Care in sub-Saharan Africa

Downing, Julia PhD, MMedSci, BN (Hons), RGN; Powell, Richard A MA, MSc, BA; Mwangi-Powell, Faith PhD, MSc (Econ)

Home Healthcare Nurse: The Journal for the Home Care and Hospice Professional: May 2010 - Volume 28 - Issue 5 - p 298–307
doi: 10.1097/NHH.0b013e3181dbf2b6
Hospice & Palliative Care
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Palliative care within sub-Saharan African remains relatively new, with one service delivery model used being home-based care (HBC), a well-established mode of care provision within the HIV/AIDS context. The integration of palliative care into HBC services is a major advance in increasing its accessibility in the region. However, challenges exist to the provision of palliative services through HBC, especially for nurses, and these challenges, along with some of the responses to them, are discussed.

Julia Downing, PhD, MMedSci, BN (Hons), RGN, is the Deputy Executive Director, African Palliative Care Association, Kampala, Uganda.

Richard A Powell, MA MSc BA, is an M&E and Research Manager, African Palliative Care Association, Kampala, Uganda.

Faith Mwangi-Powell, PhD, MSc Econ, Executive Director, African Palliative Care Association, Kampala, Uganda.

Address for correspondance: Julia Downing PhD, MMedSci, BN (Hons), Deputy Executive Director, African Palliative Care Association, PO Box 72518, Kampala, Ugandajulia_downing@hotmail.com.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.