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Purpose of the Short Palliative Care Introductory Course

The five days palliative care introductory course will give basic information and knowledge to health care workers on the concepts of Palliative Care. The course will empower   participant to identify patients with palliative care needs, undertake holistic assessment and mange some of the pains and symptoms of palliative care patients. They will gain knowledge how to integrate palliative care concepts in the daily health care activities. They will also learn appropriate referrals systems to specialized palliative care centers. They will join the big network of palliative care professionals.

The aim of the course is to develop participants’ understanding of the philosophy, principles and practice of palliative care.

The course content will:

  • Develop participants’ knowledge of the philosophy of palliative care and its applicability to the Ugandan health care system.
  • Develop participants’ knowledge and skills in relation to assessing and managing most common symptoms affecting patients with palliative care needs and their families.
  • Develop participants’ knowledge and skills in communicating effectively with patients with life limiting illnesses and their families.
  • Develop participants’ knowledge of palliative care for HIV and AIDS and handling grief and bereavement issues
  • Enhance the holistic approach to palliative care patients. They will able to attend to patients’ physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.
  • Discuss ethical dilemmas faced in palliative care and the importance of caring for the careers.
  • Develop participants’ knowledge and skills to deal with issues around death and dying and end-of life care.


The course has been developed for health care professionals (nurses, doctors, clinical officers, social workers etc.) who work in the general health care setting (Government and private health facilities) as well as those working in palliative care settings.

A total of 30 Participants will be expected to benefit from this course.

How to participate:

Individuals or organizations interested to second their staff to attend this course  should fill in application forms available on PCAU website at, www.pcauganda .org or contact PCAU through pcau.admin@pcau.org.ug or call +256 – 414 692 350 or +256- 392 080 713. 

Registration fees:  is Three hundred fifty shillings only Ugx (350,000/=) this will include participants meals and refreshments.

Venue: Mulago School of Nursing.                             Date: 16th – 20th February 2020

Closing date to receive applications is 31st January 2020 by 12 Noon.

Further details are in the links below;



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