Anette Dekker ’12

Major

Woodrow Wilson School

Project Title

Palliative Care and Pain Treatment in Zithulele Hospital

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I interned at the Jabulani Rural Health Foundation, which works closely with ­Zithulele ­Hospital and is located in a remote area along the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Through the use of both quantitative and qualitative interviews, I conducted ­research on the ­availability and use of pain medication and palliative care at Zithulele ­Hospital, ­specifically in relation to infectious diseases such as HIV and TB. Conducting ­approximately fifty ­patient interviews, I was able to establish a crucial insight into what level of pain ­patients were suffering from, how patients perceived their pain, what they believed was the cause, and what path they typically followed in seeking out treatment. Interviews with ­doctors, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists at Zithulele Hospital, and nurses in the surrounding clinics, shed light on typical clinical practices and what inhibitions ­exist in proper implementation of palliative care. It is clear both that there is a ­significant need for pain treatment and palliative care and that limited resources of health professionals make implementation of such care challenging. I will continue with a more in-depth analysis of the data as I work with the research for my senior thesis.



Internship Year

2011

Project Category

Health

Organization(s)

Jabulani Rural Health Foundation, South Africa

Mentor(s)

Joseph Amon, Lecturer in Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School; Georges Reniers, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Woodrow WIlson School; Benjamin Gaunt, Jabulani Rural Health Foundation; Karl le Roux, Jabulani Rural H