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On Thursday 19th July 2018, Hospice Africa Uganda was announced the recipient of the 2018 Julian Taft refugee fund awarded by the he Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, under the US Department of State.

This grant worth $25,000 will finance our new project “Improving Access to Palliative Care Services for Refugees in South Western Uganda.” The project will be implemented by Mobile Hospice Mbarara and will directly benefit refugees in Nakivale and Oruchinga refugee camps in Isingiro district.

The grant will support capacity building and systems strengthening activities within the community in including training of Community Health Workers, Spiritual leaders, traditional leaders and health workers among others.

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.”

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.

 “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.

Hospice Africa Uganda on 26th October, 2016 launched a fundraising drive that led to the official ground-breaking in November of the dame year for an exciting new centre of excellence called the BEEHIVE HOSPICE to help improve the care, expand quality of services and reach more patients in need of palliative care mainly those suffering from terminal illnesses like Cancer and HIV/Aids.

Shamim Nantaza, at 12 years, had a dream of completing her studies and become a journalist only her beautiful dream to be shattered when she was diagnosed with parotid cancer, in 2003. Shamim who has two siblings, is the eldest child in her family. The doctors at Mulago Hospital in Kampala put her on treatment and later referred her to Hospice Africa Uganda for palliative care.

Although she has not been healed, now 23 years old Shamim lives gracefully and happy with her new lease of life of no suffering and free of pain where she is playing a pivotal role in supporting her fellow cancer patients.  At Hospice Africa Uganda, she has been receiving drugs which have enormously reduced her pain.

Ochecho Vicent  is a 10 year old child from Katanabirwa in Kyankwanzi District and was first seen by Hospice Africa Uganda team from Hoima Regional Refferal Hospital (HRRH) with a working diagnosis of Burkitt lymphoma. O V is the last born in a family of 8 children. His father deserted the family 2 years ago and married another woman leaving them in a dire condition since he was the bread winner. The mother now makes and sells mukomboti, a local potent gin while his other siblings do odd jobs for survival.

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