Childrens palliative care in africa edited by justin amery practical and realistic throughout showing the reader what can be achieved in every day practice case based enabling the reader to apply theory to practice encourages critical reflection of the reader with a view to improving practice. Palliative care is a relatively new discipline in africa and its development is hampered by the fact that the concept of pain management is not integrated into healthcare systems only four of 53 african countries have integrated palliative care into healthcare policy or used it as part of a strategic plan focusing on cancer treatment. Early childhood development within paediatric palliative care and co author of a toolkit for childrens palliative care programmes in africa since december 2007 she has held the position of international information officer for the international childrens palliative care network icpcn. The international childrens palliative care network icpcn held its third international conference on childrens palliative care in durban south africa from may 30 2018 to 2 june 2018. Childrens palliative care has developed rapidly as a discipline as health care professionals recognise that the principles of adult palliative care may not always be applicable to children at the end of life the unique needs of dying children are particularly evident across africa where the scale of the problem is overwhelming and the figures so enormous that they are barely comprehensible
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