HOSPICE NEWS

Ecobank and Hospice Africa Uganda launches fundraising drive

Ecobank and Hospice Africa Uganda (HAU) on 25th July, 2017 launched a fundraising drive geared towards generating funds for Palliative Care for thousands of patients receiving care across all 3 HAU centres in Hoima, Kampala and Mbarara.

The campaign will include placing donation boxes in all Ecobank branches in Kampala, Jinja, Mukono and Mabrara where Ecobank customers will have the opportunity to donate towards the cost of patients’ care at HAU.

In addition, Ecobank is providing an online platform where the public can conveniently donate through their smart phones by simply scanning a unique Masterpass QR code assigned to HAU and making the donation directly to its account using an application that can be downloaded from Ecobank website.

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“Fishwives” - A Cookbook In Aid Of Hospice Africa Uganda Wins An International Award!

The Famous Cookbook, the “Fishwives”, recently won the best fish & seafood book in the world at the 2017 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in China!

The book published by Mags Kirwan of Goatsbridge Trout Farm in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, in the south east of Ireland won the award and was announced in a colorful ceremony on 28th May in China after beating hundreds of entries from around the world.

“We are so proud of all who have contributed to bringing this book, Fishwives, to success for the millions who suffer daily from cancer and other end of life conditions, lacking affordable or available pain control due to poverty” posted Dr. Anne Merriman on her official facebook page after the award.

“Fishwives” contains 77 recipes from women from diverse backgrounds and professions. One is from the founder of Hospice Africa Uganda, Dr Anne Merriman, who shares her favorite fish pie recipe!

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An encounter with cervical cancer patient, a tale of pain and hope

By Miriam Donohoe

 Jovia was lying on a mattress on the ground of her one room house in a slum area of Kampala. Weak and emaciated she was clearly in her last weeks of life. She had cervical cancer and full blown HIV/AIDS, but despite her illness she smiled as she held my hand. I found it hard to hold back the tears.

It was early January and I was on one of my first home care visits with Hospice Africa Uganda, a charity whose mission is to bring peace and comfort to people dying from cancer, HIV AIDS and other serious illness. An Irish journalist and media consultant I had no medical experience whatsoever. So I found the visit really tough.

 I had come to Uganda to volunteer with HAU after learning about this inspiring organization through my work with the Irish Hospice Foundation in Dublin. And the hand of hospice touched me through Jovia, aged 29, a single mother of a 14-year-old daughter, Sharon.

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Extending borders: Supporting integration of palliative care services in Rubya hospital Tanzania

Bernadette Basemera By Bernadette Basemera

The drive to advocate and support the integration of palliative care services in Rubya hospital, Muleba district, Kagera region, Tanzania was initiated by the Dutch doctors known as Friends of Rubya hospital. Their aim was to ensure Rubya hospital team is able to provide relief of pain and suffering of patients and their families later cascade such services to the community through a home based care programme.

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A Volunteer’s day on patients’ home visit: The pain and suffering of patients is real, palliative care is inevitable

By Louise RooneyLouise Rooney

My name is Louise; I am a palliative nurse from Ireland. I was given the opportunity to work alongside the team in HAU for a few months. I was uncertain as to what to expect during my time in Kampala but within the first few hours it was obvious I was going to be privileged to learn from a professional and extremely welcoming team.

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