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.”
Messing also said his main focus upon his return will be to pass the knowledge he has gained to as many people as possible. “The work to be done cannot be completed by one person, I will have to train others and I am glad the team from Hospice Africa Uganda are willing to continue to support me in this endeavor and I already have the plan drawn up.”
While officiating at the closing ceremony, Dr. Eddie Mwebesa, the Chief Executive Director of Hospice Africa Uganda also appreciated the participants for their commitments to the care of patients and urged them to do even more now that they have gained skills in Palliative Care.
“As you return back to your countries, always keep one eye on the patients and the other on other things.” Said Dr. Eddie, adding that “also remember to advocate for the other needs of the patients because Palliative Care is holistic care.”
Every year, Hospice Africa Uganda through its International program organizes the Palliative Care Initiators course both for the Francophone and Anglophone countries to help health workers gain knowledge and skills in Palliative Care to enable them start the services in their countries. HAU has so far trained 338 health professionals through these programs.
Hospice Africa Uganda is this year celebrating its Silver Jubilee and will engage in different activities ahead of its birthday on September 23rd 2018. We appreciate all that have supported us in one way or the other to achieve our vision of Palliative Care reaching all in need in Uganda and other African countries.