This guide addresses the many aspects of palliative care that are key in caring for the person living with HIV/AIDS from an African perspective. It therefore not only covers medical treatment, symptom management, and psychosocial/spiritual care, but also traditional care and the social issues that are part of the HIV pandemic in Africa, such as poverty alleviation, food security, and planning care for orphans and vulnerable children. An entire section is devoted to paediatric HIV/AIDS. Another section addresses the public health aspects of palliative care, including care models appropriate to Africa, training and policy development, and availability of essential medicines including opioid analgesics. The Guide is written by and for health care workers (HCWs) in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Guide was adapted from the 2003 edition of A Clinical Guide to Supportive and Palliative Care for HIV/AIDS (available at http://hab.hrsa.gov) through an international collaboration. Development of the African version was funded by the U.S. Government through the HIV/AIDS Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).
The guide is designed so that all can access it online. We encourage you to print these documents for your own hard copy version.
Read A Clinical Guide to Supportive and Palliative Care for HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa online. Each chapter is in downloadable PDF format.