About 304 441 of those children need specialised palliative care services as a result of a terminal diagnosis, such as genetic conditions, cancer, HIV and Aids, kidney failure and diseases of the heart and lungs.
However, only 14 501 children (4.76%), and mainly those close to the end of their lives, are receiving the services they need.
Palliative care ensures a good quality of life and minimises pain and suffering.
In KwaZulu-Natal, this means that 158 629 children are in need of generalised palliative care with 60 280 needing specialist care.

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