Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU) endeavors to support comprehensive integration of palliative care services in every district of Uganda through a system of focused training, mentorship and support supervision. Several programs have been launched to achieve this objective as elaborated below.
Health workers are supported to undertake palliative care courses (Diploma in Clinical Palliative Care) from the Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care. They are also trained in pediatric palliative care, palliative care introductory courses, rights to palliative care and legal support for patients. This also involves empowering of tutors to teach Palliative care with collaboration from Mulago School of nursing and Institute of Hospice and palliative care.
With support from Open Society Foundation (OSF), African Palliative Care Association (APCA) and in partnership with the Uganda Network on Law Ethics and HIV (UGANET) several lawyers and paralegals are trained and are attached to palliative care sites at which they work with Palliative Care Practitioners to Offer legal support to patients and families. Other Non-Health Professionals trained are Spiritual leaders on how to offer spiritual services to palliative care patients
Following up those trained PCAU carries out mentorship and supervision in the districts within which they operate, developing teams, and ensuring availability of palliative care medications, including morphine.
PCAU hosts a total of four update meetings annually at the national level. These are well attended by both partners, member organization and registered members.
With support from Open Society Foundation (OSF), African Palliative Care Association (APCA) and in partnership with the Uganda Network on Law Ethics and HIV (UGANET) several lawyers and paralegals are trained and are attached to palliative care sites at which they work with Palliative Care Practitioners to Offer legal support to patients and families.
The Pain Free Hospital initiative (PFHI) has three main pillars; appropriate knowledge, quality assurance, and comprehensive patient care with the goal of achieving pain relief as a basic human right. The initiative is supported by the American Cancer Society (ACS). PCAU working with the Ministry of Health is implementing the PFH initiative in five Regional Referral Hospitals in Uganda. These include:Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, Kabale Regional Referral Hospital, Bombo Militarly Hospital – the National Referral Hospital for Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF), Hoima Regional referral Hospital, Arua Regional Referal Hospital
Over the course of one year, PFH initiative trains physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare providers on how to assess pain levels and dispense pain medication. The program will stresses the importance of pain management for patients. Contact us at PCAU for more details on this innovative program.
The Palliative Care Association of Uganda together with its partnership of Centre of Hospice Care in USA-Indiana established the Road to hope program in 2012 to give hope to child care givers. The program has seen one of its beneficiaries qualify as a health care worker.
The aims of the Program are:
To contribute to children’s future through supporting their formal education.
To provide psychosocial support to child care givers and their families based on their specific needs.
To advocate for and promote the rights of Child Caregivers in their communities.