Uganda Joins the rest of the world this week to commemorate the WHPCD 2023. The theme of the WHPCD 2023 is Compassionate Communities: Together for Palliative Care.
The following activities are lined up:
An open day with Older Persons in Lweza was held on Friday 6th Oct 2023
In partnership with the Lweza Community Health Program, we held a day-out event for older persons in the Lweza Community on Friday 6th Oct 2023. The activity saw at least 50 older persons come to St Barnabas Church of Uganda in Lweza for, information sharing, networking, relaxing, and exercise and information sharing event. A group of high school students from Taibah International School who have formed the Pioneer School Compassionate Community Club in Uganda joined the event. The students came in handy in supporting the older persons to navigate their way to the venue, serving meals, package gift hampers for the older persons, and assisting other assisting roles.
Rose Kiwanuka a specialist palliative care nurse who is currently the coordinator of the Lweza Community Health Program appreciated the partnership of PCAU to support the older persons. Mark Mwesiga the Executive Director of PCAU promised that PCAU would continue to support the initiative and activities towards making the Lweza community a compassionate community.
Webinar on Compassionate Communities on Thursday 12th Oct 2023 at 3:00 pm
As part of the activities to mark the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) 2023, Uganda will host a webinar on the imperative of creating compassionate communities. This will be co-hosted by the Ministry of Health and the Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU). Dr Julian Abel, a retired palliative care physician and director of Compassionate Communities UK will be the main speaker. Dr Julian Abel Vice-President of Public Health Palliative Care International (PHPCI), and as a recognized expert on Compassionate Communities. The webinar will explore the concept of compassionate communities in line with the theme for the WHPCD 2023 which is Compassionate Communities: Together for Palliative Care. Hospices in Uganda will also share their community work experiences. The time for the webinar will be 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm East African Time. It will be free for all PCAU Members and interested members of the public.
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) on Saturday 14th Oct 2023
On Saturday 14th October 2023, Uganda will join the rest of the world to commemorate the WHPCD 2023. The main commemoration activities to mark the day will be held at Taibah International School along Entebbe Road in Wakiso District in Kampala from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. East African time. The main activity of the event will be to launch the School Compassionate Community Programme (SCCoP) and this will be officiated by the Ministry of Health. A group of 30 high school students have formed the Pioneer Palliative Care School Club in Uganda. This club’s objectives and spelled-out work themes include advocating for palliative care, raising awareness, supporting resource mobilization, and providing practical assistance to improve food and nutrition for patients and families facing health-related suffering. Guests will join students in an activity physically at the school while the rest of PCAU members and interested members of the public can join the commemoration online.