Dr Anne Merriman, founder of Hospice Africa Uganda, has been awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad for her huge contribution to developing palliative care in the world over the past few decades.
The award was presented by the Irish President, Michael Higgins, at a ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin this weekend.
Dr Merriman was the founding vice president of Hospice Africa Uganda and a founding member of the African Palliative Care Association. She also had a significant influence on the development of palliative care in Asia, introducing palliative care in Singapore through the founding of the Hospice Care Association in that city state. She worked as a missionary doctor in Nigeria, contributing a total of 33 years of service to palliative care development in Africa…read more