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Interview with Dr. Brigid Sirengo on the Stigma of Palliative Care

As part of our series to look at the stigma of palliative care in Africa, we interviewed Dr. Brigid Sirengo, the Director of Education (ED) at Nairobi Hospice, retired in January 2017 after serving as the institution’s Chief Executive Officer for 23 years.

GIPPEC: What inspired you to work in palliative care?

Dr. Sirengo: Many years ago I undertook a course in counseling psychology. One of the modules on...

A special look at the stigma of palliative care across Africa

Last year, Camilla Zimmermann, Head of Palliative Care at University Health Network, published a paper on the stigma of palliative care, identifying perceptions commonly associated with palliative care, including death, hopelessness and dependency. These perceptions work against early integration of palliative care resulting in patients not accessing this holistic care despite its well-established benefits on quality of life.

This summer, we spoke with experts across Africa (including Namibia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Uganda) about the stigma of...

Congratulations to Doris Howell

Congratulations to Dr. Doris Howell on her promotion to full professor in Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing (status appointment) at the University of Toronto. She is also cross-appointed (status) to the university's Institute of Health Policy, Managmenet and Evaluations (IHPME).

 

 

Chloe Shaw, GIPPEC fellow presented at the International Pragmatics Association Conference in Belfast

Chloe Shaw, GIPPEC fellow presented at her research, a conversation analytic study of CALM (Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully) therapy sessions, on a panel, Talking about Death, at the International Pragmatics Association Conference in Belfast. Using the method of conversation analysis, the research identifies subtle ways in which therapists invite a patient to consider an alternative perspective concerning particularly delicate matters, whilst managing the dilemma of invalidating the patient’s perspective.

Interview with Dr. Esther Munyoro on the Stigma of Palliative Care

As part of our series to look at the stigma of palliative care in Africa, we interviewed Dr. Esther Munyoro, the head of the Pain and Palliative Care Unit in in Kenya National Referral Hospital (aka Kenyatta National Hospital)

GIPPEC: What inspired you to work in palliative care?

Dr. Munyoro: I was inspired to start the unit after suffering a lot as I tried to navigate my father through treatment of cancer of the oesophagus. I had...

Meet Vera Krejcik, Psychiatry Resident and CALM Therapy Trainee

I see no reason for my doctor to love me – nor would I expect him to suffer with me. I wouldn't demand a lot of my doctor’s time: I just wish he would brood on my situation for perhaps five minutes, that he would give me his whole mind just once, be bonded with me for brief space, survey my soul as well as my flesh, to get at my illness, for each man is ill in his...

Interview with Dr. Faith Mwangi-Powell on Stigma in Palliative Care

As part of our series to look at the stigma of palliative care in Africa, we interviewed Dr. Faith Mwangi-Powell, a public health expert and senior manager of complex public health programs in Africa. Dr. Mwangi Powell has more than 18 years of experience in leading, managing, implementing health programs. She worked as the founding Executive Director of the African Palliative Care Association, supporting palliative care global advocacy and services development in over 20 African countries. Currently, Dr. Mwangi-Powell is...

Interview with Dr. Zipporah Ali on Stigma in Palliative Care

As part of our series to look at the stigma of palliative care in Africa, we interviewed Dr. Zipporah Ali, a palliative care physician and Executive Director of Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Assoication (KEHPCA). Dr. Ali is a medical doctor with a masters degrees in palliative care. She has been working in palliative care since 1993, initially as a volunteer at the Nairobi Hospice, and later on as the Senior Medical Officer. She worked with Nairobi Hospice for 16...

Registration open for graduate course in supportive and palliative care

The “Multidisciplinary Concepts in Palliative and Supportive Care Research” course will be running again this fall.

For details about the courses and registration information, visit our education page.

Or read testimonials from students last year.

Interview with Rachel J. Freeman on Stigma in Palliative Care

As part of our series to look at the stigma of palliative care in Africa, we interviewed Rachel J Freeman, a social worker lecturer at the University of Namibia.

GIPPEC: What inspired you to work in palliative care?

Freeman: My interest in palliative care social work was inspired by a personal experience with death and dying seven years before the conceptualization of my current PhD thesis. This was when my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer...

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