Presented by: Christian Ntizimira
The aim of this workshop is to identify and understand the socio-cultural context between low and middle income countries and high income countries regard dying which will help to rethink a new concept of care in palliative care and bring a comprehensive platform of exchange experiences. One of the most challenging encounters in medicine for clinicians and families are the ones between healthcare providers whose reality is rooted in science and medical data and patients and family members whose primary reality is rooted in culture. In LMICs, where the socio-cultural context has ruled the environment of the patient and avoid the complexity of goals of care which is sometimes considered as a non-scientific methodology in HICs, could generate a source of conflict and lack of trust in the future development of partnership.
In most of African reality, conversations about death can become adversarial and cause stress to the healthcare team and perhaps undue suffering for the patient. There are different methodologies from African culture perspectives which involves the community to talk about death and support families during the loss and bereavement.
By engaging the community to be responsive to death of the patient and loss & bereavement from the families in a post-genocide society where 1million people died in 100 days there is a tremendous contribution to bring back the part of humanity lost during the tragedy.