HOSPICE NEWS

HAU concludes the 14th Anglophone Initiator’s Course in Kampala

The International Program of HAU on 15th March commissioned 13 more healthcare workers after successfully completing a 5 week’s Palliative Care Initiator’s Course. The health workers were from Ghana, Sudan, Guinea Conakry and Uganda and included nurses, clinical officers, a medical doctor and social workers.

The Palliative Care Initiator’s Course is designed for health workers wishing to start Palliative Care in their countries or health facilities and it’s a very intensive course that includes both theoretical and clinical placements where participants spend two weeks interacting with patients at our different sites.

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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.

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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HOSPICE NEWS

HAU concludes the 14th Anglophone Initiator’s Course in Kampala

The International Program of HAU on 15th March commissioned 13 more healthcare workers after successfully completing a 5 week’s Palliative Care Initiator’s Course. The health workers were from Ghana, Sudan, Guinea Conakry and Uganda and included nurses, clinical officers, a medical doctor and social workers.

The Palliative Care Initiator’s Course is designed for health workers wishing to start Palliative Care in their countries or health facilities and it’s a very intensive course that includes both theoretical and clinical placements where participants spend two weeks interacting with patients at our different sites.

Read more...  

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...