Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Rwanda Commits To Quality Palliative And Hospice Care

Good for Rwanda, leading the way in sub-Saharan Africa in developing good palliative and hospice care. This emphasis will serve as a powerful antidote to any pro0-deathers lurking in the country. 
Rwanda moving to provide “good deaths” for terminally ill
“Go home and die.” Until recently, that advice constituted the extent of end-of-life care that patients with incurable diseases could expect in Rwanda. As in much of the developing world, palliative care was virtually nonexistent in the tiny Africa nation, condemning those with terminal illnesses to meet their end in isolation and pain.
Now, however, the country has committed to provide all Rwandans living with incurable illnesses, as well as their families and caregivers, with high-quality, affordable palliative care services to meet their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs by 2020 — one of the first such policies in sub-Saharan Africa and the developing world. more

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