The Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU) is working with the Bible Society of Uganda (BSU) to reach families of Palliative Care patients for spiritual care and support. The visiting team offers bibles to the family and food items. The families visited are selected by the providers and the campaign started in Mbarara district, some areas of Kampala district and Wakiso district. The team that visits the families includes a spiritual leader and the palliative care providers.
This is done through the Bible Society’s project that ensures that there is A Bible in Every Home Hand, Hotel and Hospital (ABIEH5) and in Uganda is being implemented targeting Schools, Churches, missionary organizations, Hospitals, and Hotels that desire to have the Word of God but cannot afford at the current price.
Among other areas, in 2021, the Project’s focus is on assessing communities in need of Bibles, distributing to the identified communities, and documenting impact stories from beneficiaries that have in the past benefitted.
Having proposed this plan to PCAU, we reached out to Hospice Africa Uganda one of our member organizations and arrangements were done to visit patients in the different regions of reach.
The first visit was done in the outskirts of Mbarara city namely; Kaberebere, Nyamitanga, Nyakayoyo Ruti, Ngaara, Kakoba and Biharwe where seven cancer patients were reached providing an appropriate Bible to each patient and a gift hamper.
The second visit was done in Kampala city and Wakiso district in areas of Kibuli, Kinawa, Nansana, Lukuli, Salaama, Kitezi, Lweza and Namulanda where patients, both adults and children received an appropriate Bible and a gift hamper.
Through these visits, we highly realized that meeting the spiritual needs of patients and their families is crucial since they always have a lot of questions, a case in point is one patient in Mbarara who paused a question, “if God really loves me, why do I suffer?” This made our visit even more timely since such queries were answered. It was great working with the Bible Society of Uganda to reach out to the people in need and they pledged to carry on with this based on the availability of funds since the need for bibles in many of the patient’s lives is huge.