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Professor Anne Merriman, Uganda 
Delivering Person-Centered Care Amidst Pandemics: Lessons from COVID-19

Professor Anne Merriman, MBChB, MBE, MCommH, FRCPI, FRCP was born in Liverpool, England and pursued a career in medicine, graduating from University College Dublin, Ireland. She is known for her pioneering work and influential research into palliative care in Africa. In 1993, she introduced palliative care to Uganda when she founded Hospice Africa Uganda with the vision of “Palliative care for all in need in Africa”. 

She was key in the foundation of the Palliative Care Association of Uganda and the African Palliative Care Association. She has lived for 40 years in Africa, 29 of these in Uganda. She is known in Nigeria as “Mama Africa”, her favorite awarded title. Professor Merriman is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and has won several other awards, most notably the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad. 

She promotes the ALUMNETHOS to reach all making decisions in the next pandemic by making decisions on future pandemic care. These decisions promote care in the homes and take the needs of the whole population into account, including families who cannot reach health care facilities (which is less than 50% in lower income countries) through a service that reaches all and not only those who can pay. She is an advocate of African-led models of palliative care that are contextually and culturally appropriate. 

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