Central Asia Online
Government-backed NGOs are increasing access to palliative care for the seriously ill in Kazakhstan.
At a recent workshop organised by the Palliative Medical Care Union, Head of the Union, Dr Khaled Ahmad Saleh said that 300 patients have been admitted to the Palliative Care Center since 2011, wtith the number growing each year.
The Irish Times
Has social media brought the community back into bereavement or is there a morbid preoccupation with the online profiles of the deceased?
Too many old people in the developed world end their lives in hospital, hooked up to machines and surrounded by strangers. That needs to change.
“To provide the best care possible to the patient and family, the social worker needs to feel comfortable and competent to delve further into the discussion of patient spirituality and their reason for refusing the chaplain.”
US – The Guardian
The family of a 13-year-old California girl who was declared brain-dead 10 months ago following complications from tonsil surgery has asked a judge to declare her “alive again”.
A leading charity has warned that a rate of five new Ebola cases an hour in Sierra Leone means healthcare demands are far outstripping supply.
ehospice International Children’s edition
UNICEF and Save the Children report that thousands of children are dying or being left orphaned as a result of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Resources are needed and new and creative ways to deal with this crises need to be found.
Older people tend to ask the big questions. They’ve seen the pain and the trauma – along with the good times – and they have the life experience to inform their inquiries in later years.
September was Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This article explains the similarities between the two – including diagnosis challenges, treatment decisions, and the effect each can have on family and friends.