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The need for hospice care in Sierra Leone

In 2010, 1.5% of Sierra Leone’s adult population, or 49,000 people, were living HIV positive, but the country’s national health care system provided medication for only 31% of the patients who needed them. In addition to the terminal patients affected by AIDS, 5,000 terminal cancer patients are expected to need pain relief every year as well.

A by-product of the country’s lack of education, many misperceptions and myths about living with diseases like AIDS exist in Sierra Leone. Many people in the country, even some national health care professionals, are afraid to treat HIV positive patients. Without a basic understanding of how the virus spreads, family and caretakers are often too scared to be in the same room as these terminal patients. Isolation and ostracism only adds to the patients’ depression, confusion and pain.

Overall, there are 30,000 people in Sierra Leone who need palliative care to relieve and prevent unnecessary suffering caused by a life-threatening illness. The Shepherd’s Hospice can help, and so can you.


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