​Palliative care

Palliative care is a medical specialty that focuses on comfort, relief of symptoms, and clarifying patient’s treatment goals. It can be offered concurrently with other medical therapies for any seriously ill patient with any disease or condition, particularly when there are physical, psycho-social, or spiritual complications.

The main aim is to treat the patient’s symptoms, provide supportive care while understanding the patient’s aspirations and goals. It also ensures that patients and their families are fully informed of the diagnosis and the likely outcomes in a timely, sensitive and appropriate manner. Palliative care involves treating the patient’s pain, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, weight loss, loss of appetite, difficulty in breathing and many others.

Patients requiring palliative care services can be attended to through referral by their primary doctor and book an appointment or as walk-ins.

For more information please contact our palliative care clinic on +254 (0) 20 366 1237

​Meet our specialist

Dr John Weru
Consultant Palliative Medicine Specialist at Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi

Qualifications
  • MBChB (UoN) 2000
  • MPC (Dundee University, UK) 2014
  • Dip-HED PC (Oxford-Brookes University, UK) 2007
  • PGD (BE) (Center of Culture and Bioethics at the Sindh Institute of Urological Transplantation) 2018
  • Fellowship in Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative ( F-LDI) at Institute of Palliative Medicine, San Diego) 2010-2011
​Areas of interest
  • Setting up Contextualised Palliative Care Services
  • Bioethics in Medical Practice
  • Pain Management
  • Research in Palliative Medicine
​Professional associations
  • East African Palliative Care Steering Committee
  • Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and Palliative Care Network
  • International Association for Hospices and Palliative Care Associations
  • Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association and Kenya Medical Association
  • Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
  • Bioethics Society of Kenya
  • Kenya Pain Society​