HOSPICE NEWS

Website upgrades

Dear Friends and Partners,

Our website domain is undergoing upgrades, and site www.hospiceafrica.or.ug is not currently appearing at the top of Google and other major search engines. Apparently when you do a search, the Hospice Africa Uganda address comes up at the right pane and includes a link named ‘website’, which when clicked will lead to this website.

Our technical team is performing a re-indexing and Search Engine Optimization to rectify this situation. In the meantime please access HAU’s website through our partners: Hospice Africa Ireland www.hospiceafrica.ie, Hospice Africa UK www.hospice-africa.org.uk and the Anne Merriman Hospice Africa Foundation www.annemerrimanfoundation.org. All these sites appears directly on google and other search engines.

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10 years of living with prostate cancer, Mzee Kyarugoki is now pain free thanks to Hospice Africa Uganda

 “I had a lot of pain because of cancer, I could not sleep at night, and I was so worried and stressed. I even developed high blood pressure and got stroke.” This was the live of Peter Karyarugoki when he first came to Mobile Hospice Mbarara nearly 10 years ago.

Peter now 79 years, is a retired civil servant from Mutukula 1 ward, Nyakayozo Division in Mbarara District and married to 2 wives with 19 children.

Peter’s misery started in 2005 when he lost his closest brother. “He was a very good friend of mine and when he died, I thought of also dying.” Peter became so stressed and miserable. He developed high blood pressure and later was attacked by stroke which worsened his condition and was admitted at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital for a long time.

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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.

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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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