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Nurse to help boost palliative care profile in Ethiopia

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A Norfolk community nurse and her GP husband are to help colleagues in Ethiopia to develop palliative care services.

Sue Mumford, a community specialist palliative care nurse from Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust, will travel to Africa at the end of this month for a 10 week stay.

Together with her Norfolk GP husband Jamie, she will run a series of education sessions and work alongside colleagues from the charity Hospice Ethiopia to care for patients with HIV, AIDS, and cancer in their own homes.

The visit has been arranged as part of a twinning arrangement between the trust’s Priscilla Bacon Centre and Hospice Ethiopia, which was set up in 2011.

Ms Mumford said: “High-quality palliative care is limited in Ethiopia, so any difference you can make is really positive for patients and staff.

“During the trip, we will be supporting staff from Hospice Ethiopia as they visit patients in their own homes,” she said.

“We’ll also do some informal teaching sessions for paediatric nurses caring for children receiving oncology treatment and will be doing what we can to raise the profile of palliative care and build on the links already in place with Hospice Ethiopia.”

She added: “It is very rewarding to take part in this twinning project and to see first-hand how much of a difference the donations make to the patients so far away.”

The couple have taken a three-month unpaid sabbatical from their jobs for the visit and will be renting a bungalow during their stay. They are due to return to their roles in Norfolk before the end of the year.

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  • Wonderful. I hope they get the nec. funding. Not a lot to promote palliative care here in UK-bump um off is the most common! ie LCP and other similair high sedation, no hydration care plans (death plans)

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