HOSPICE NEWS

Upcoming Courses in 2018

We are very pleased to announce the following courses tenable at Hospice Africa Uganda for the academic year 2018/2019 offered by Makerere University in Partnership with the Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa (IHPCA).

  1. Bachelor of Science in Palliative Care
  2. Diploma in Palliative Care

The following courses will also be offered by IHPCA in 2018 commencing in August 2018.

  1. Post Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care
  2. Diploma in Clinical Palliative Care

Please find details on all the above courses here...

The following course will also be offered by the International Programme Department:

  1. The 7th Francophone Palliative Care Initiator’s Course for Africa (held in French) commencing 30th April to 1st June, 2018. Please download the full advert in English and French
 

Hospice Africa Uganda December Newsletter

We are delighted once again to share with you another edition of our newsletter that conveys several important events that have taken place at Hospice Africa Uganda August, 2017.

We sincerely thank you for your continued support and loyalty for the work of Hospice without which it would be impossible to relieve the pain and suffering of thousands of patients and their families in Uganda and beyond.

Please take time to download and read our December edition of the newsletter here...

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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