Some South African Children Are Dying with ‘Uncontrolled Pain’

Children with life-threatening illnesses need psychosocial support and palliative care to alleviate pain and suffering—but sometimes, resources are maxed out on medical needs.
That’s true in many parts of South Africa, where just 8 organizations provide pediatric palliative care—and the government only funds such care for adults.
As a result, “children in certain parts of the country will receive inferior pain management … and do sometimes die with uncontrolled pain,” says the University of Cape Town’s Michelle Meiring, calling on South Africans to lobby for palliative services tailored to children.
The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health

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