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Palliative care for cancer in Africa: an update

Guest Editors: E Luyirika and F Kiyange

This special issue provides an update on rapidly evolving developments in palliative cancer care in Africa, following on from ecancer's 2014 special issue focusing on this complex topic, which can be read here.

The earlier special issue contained compelling evidence of the clash between traditional cultural beliefs in African nations and the need for modern palliative cancer care. This update takes a different approach to the challenges of cancer care on this diverse continent - raising it to the level of policy.

"The key challenge here is that many African countries have either not developed national palliative care policies, or have palliative care missing in the other national documents and policies related to cancer care,"explains guest editor Dr Emmanuel Luriyika of the African Palliative Care Association, Uganda.

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Special Issue articles

Special Issue: Integration of legal aspects and human rights approach in palliative care delivery—The Nyeri hospice model

Abstract | Full Article | PDF Published: 07 Jul 2016 / https://doi.org/10.3332/ecancer.2016.656

Special Issue: Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care association: integrating palliative care in public hospitals in Kenya

Abstract | Full Article | PDF Published: 07 Jul 2016 / https://doi.org/10.3332/ecancer.2016.655

Special Issue: The Island Hospice model of palliative care

Abstract | Full Article | PDF Published: 07 Jul 2016 / https://doi.org/10.3332/ecancer.2016.654

Special Issue: Interventions geared towards strengthening the health system of Namibia through the integration of palliative care

Abstract | Full Article | PDF Published: 07 Jul 2016 / https://doi.org/10.3332/ecancer.2016.653

Special Issue: Best practices in developing a national palliative care policy in resource limited settings: lessons from five African countries

Abstract | Full Article | PDF Published: 07 Jul 2016 / https://doi.org/10.3332/ecancer.2016.652

Founding partners

European Cancer Organisation European Institute of Oncology

Founding Charities

Foundazione Umberto Veronesi Fondazione IEO Swiss Bridge

Published by

ecancer Global Foundation