Thank You Thursday: Dying with Dignity

When you think of Africa, and more specifically Zimbabwe, visions of reserves, unique wildlife and the dramatic Victoria Falls probably come to mind. This beautiful landscape is home to over 12.9 million people, but sadly, over 200,000 of them require palliative care.

Historically, the challenge with helping such people has been long-standing cultural beliefs that many Africans have. They believe there are no natural explanations for illness and death and there are no accidents. As such, all incurable illnesses are believed to have a cause – patients and their families believe that some enemy either living or dead must have caused it.