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Breaking South Africa's Death Taboo

  • Darren Taylor
South Africa's medical community, universities and business community do not invest in palliative care.
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Wits Hospice palliative care specialist Cameron Hogg says most people, including health professionals, stay as far away from hospices for as long as possible. ​(VOA / D. Taylor)
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Wits Hospice palliative care specialist Cameron Hogg says most people, including health professionals, stay as far away from hospices for as long as possible. ​(VOA / D. Taylor)

Johannesburg physician Wayne Korras believes palliative care should be taught at every medical faculty in South Africa. (VOA / D. Taylor)
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Johannesburg physician Wayne Korras believes palliative care should be taught at every medical faculty in South Africa. (VOA / D. Taylor)

A cancer patient at Wits Hospice in Johannesburg, Peter Cunnington, says palliative caregivers have made him feel “human” again. ​(VOA / D. Taylor)
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A cancer patient at Wits Hospice in Johannesburg, Peter Cunnington, says palliative caregivers have made him feel “human” again. ​(VOA / D. Taylor)

Jack Kieser, a patient at West Gauteng Hospice in Krugersdorp, is terminally ill with stomach cancer … But still considers himself to be a lucky man… ​(VOA / D. Taylor)
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Jack Kieser, a patient at West Gauteng Hospice in Krugersdorp, is terminally ill with stomach cancer … But still considers himself to be a lucky man… ​(VOA / D. Taylor)

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