In the UK we should count ourselves lucky to top this most unusual league table - The 2015 Quality of Death Index, compiled by the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit, found Britain to be the best in the world for palliative care.
22 years ago when Hospice Africa started there was no palliative care in Uganda, or indeed in almost all sub-Saharan Africa.
Today Uganda has risen to 35th in this world ranking. “Targeted education programmes for palliative care specialists have produced an informed medical culture in Uganda.
Problems remain particularly regarding the availability of professionals and inadequate public financing” says the report, but even so Uganda is rated highly amongst all the low income countries and is higher than some East European countries.
There is still a long way to go. but we can take encouragement from this report. You can find out more about Hospice Africa in Dr Anne’s book. To order one priced £13.99 simply e-mail or write to us at the address below.