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Abstract: Palliative care for children represents a special, albeit closely related, field to adult palliative care. However, whilst there are many children who require palliative care, in many areas of the world children's palliative care has a poor profile and is inaccessible to those who need it. Whilst the provision of high-quality palliative care for children is a global concern, it is a priority in Africa, where nearly half of all child deaths occur. There are many differences between children's and adult's palliative care; for example, patient-, family- and programme-related issues. The public health approach to palliative care is key to the development of children's palliative care services, along with the need to develop models that integrate services into already existing health structures. There has been great momentum in the development of children's palliative care in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and internationally over the past few years. Nurses have a pivotal role to play in the provision of children's palliative care; yet, despite the challenges, quality palliative care for children can, and should, be provided to all in need.

To cite this article: Downing, Julia; Marston, Joan and Boucher, Sue. Children's Palliative Care in Africa [online]. Australian Journal of Cancer Nursing, The, Vol. 11, No. 2, Dec 2010: 3-6, 8-10. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=868185643952930;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1441-2551. [cited 28 Mar 17].

Personal Author: Downing, Julia; Marston, Joan; Boucher, Sue; Source: Australian Journal of Cancer Nursing, The, Vol. 11, No. 2, Dec 2010: 3-6, 8-10 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1441-2551 Subject: HIV infections; Cancer in children--Nursing; Cancer--Patients--Family relationships; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Palliative Nursing, Executive Director, International Children’s Palliative Care Network, Bloemfontein, South Africa
(2) Information Officer, International Children’s Palliative Care Network, Durban, South Africa

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