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Local hospice helps keep fellow workers on the job in Tanzania

In the mid-2000s workers at Gilchrist Hospice Care had raised about $5,000 for some counterparts in Tanzania to give their overwhelmed center a boost. But when U.S. government aid ran out in 2009 for many African hospices, the Baltimore area caregivers made a decision. They would step up fundraising, by selling dolls and bracelets and hosting events. And they now pay the entire $50,000 annual operating budget for the Nkoaranga Lutheran Hospital palliative-care program, which serves up to 900 terminally ill patients at any time in the mountainous northern part of the country where life expectancy is no more than 50 years. "We were so moved by what they do with so little," said...

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