HOSPICE NEWS

16 MORE HEALTH WORKERS COMPLETE PC INITIATOR’S COURSE

Hospice Africa Uganda on 1st June, 2018 concluded its 7th Francophone Palliative Care Initiator’s course with 16 participants from 9 French speaking African countries including Cameroon, DRC, Congo Brazaville, Guinea Conakry, Mauritania, Niger and Togo.

This five week’s intensive training composed of 2 week’s theoretical class work, 2 weeks of practicum where the participants interacted with patients based on our home based care model and the final week was for exams and drawing up of work plans for the initiation of PC services in their respective countries upon return.

One of the participants, Messing Bernard a community health worker and founder of Care for the Hopeless Impact Missions, an HIV/AIDS organization in Cameroon thanked HAU for the training saying that “the training has exposed me to the reality of Palliative Care in the community, it was really an eye opener.”

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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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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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