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Profile Anne Merriman

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 01 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:0304109
  1. Rebecca Goody, fifth year medical student1
  1. 1University of Edinburgh

Rebecca Goody talks to Anne Merriman, founder of hospice care in Uganda

It has been an exciting few years for Dr Anne Merriman, who describes herself as “an old lady with a lot of love still to give.” Thanks to the help of the rest of the team involved in the work of Hospice Uganda, she was awarded the individual recognition award from the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care in 2001. She also received the MBE in the 2002 New Year's honours list in acknowledgment of the contribution she has made to Ugandan health care.

However, Anne comments that her MBE “is for all those who have believed in the work and take part in it as much as for me. This includes the people in the charity shops in Liverpool, who kept the charity going in the early days, and all those who keep us in their prayers.” Anne views everyone involved as part of the team: “I have a strong belief in the importance of team building. One of the most important steps is to distil this team spirit into all those working in the hospice so that the patient, their family and their needs are …

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