John Weru, MB CHB, MPC

John Weru, MB CHB, MPC

Medical Director, Thika Hospice
Thika, Kenya

Skype: weru-john
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Dr. John Weru is a training consultant with the Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA), Nairobi, Kenya and as such is charged with imparting practicing clinicians as well as undergraduate students with knowledge, skills and the art needed for proper practice of palliative care .As the Medical Director of the Thika Hospice, his role is to ensure that all clinical services are provided in a quality manner and that staff are kept up to date with current practices in palliative care. He is also responsible for the setting up and running of the palliative care services at the Cancer Care Kenya and Kibera Integrated Community Self-Help Programme – Kenya (KICOSHEP).

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Other Appointments

  • Board member and Medical Director, Thika Hospice, 2011
  • Member, Opioid Availability Task Force, 2008-present
  • Member, Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) Scientific Committee, 2008-present
  • Mentor, Supervisor and Tutor, Post Graduate Palliative Care Study

Key Accomplishments

  • Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) Training Consultant. More than 10 training sessions held for doctors and other health care professionals. , 2011
  • Consultant, Kibera Community Self Help Project (KICOSHEP). The Organization is the largest HIV & AIDS support group in the country, 2011
  • Consultant, Cancer Care Kenya, The first comprehensive cancer care centre in Kenya, 2011

Education / Honors

  • Leader, International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative, The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, San Diego, CA, USA, 2010-2011
  • Masters in Palliative Care (MPC), University of Dundee, Scotland, 2007-present
  • Higher Diploma in Palliative Care, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, 2007
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery( MB CHB), University of Nairobi, 2001

Key Presentations

  • The Socio Economic Costs Of Low Back Pain On Working Children Of Working Patients, 6th World Congress of World Institute of Pain, Miami, Florida , USA, 2012
  • Palliative Care Practitioners: Use of Assessment Tools and Record Keeping in Palliative Care, KEHPCA Biannual Conference, 2010
  • Dying in the African Setting-Audit in Palliative Care in Kenya, Multinational Association for Support and Care in Cancer Conference, Rome, Italy, 2009


About the International Palliative Care Leadership Initiative (LDI) at the Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice (100 KB)

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