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Compassion in Action: Comprehensive, Community-Based Palliative Care in Neno, Malawi

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Student Experiences from GO! – Compassion in Action: Comprehensive, Community-Based Palliative Care in Neno, Malawi


by Shekinah Elmore, Harvard Medical School 2014


Neno, Malawi is a somewhere I’d never heard of when making plans to work on a palliative care project during the summer between my first and second years of medical school. I felt myself a rather savvy global health practitioner, having worked in Rwanda and Mozambique, largely with community health workers in very rural settings. But, Malawi hadn’t registered as clearly in my geography of the region. And, as for Neno, well I couldn’t even pretend to have heard its name before.

What I wanted most as a medical student was to find a palliative care and cancer care project in East Africa that I could work on throughout my time as a student, and perhaps even beyond. Though I’d never worked in Palliative Care, it seemed to me the culmination of everything that I loved about medicine: compassion in action. Palliative care practitioners moved adeptly with the patient and family, traveling with them and offering solutions, come what may….continue reading