As the COVID-19 pandemic progressed, health systems around the world were straining under the extra burden. In Uganda, PCAU partners and member organizations improvised different ways to assess patients and to make sure that they get the care they needed while avoiding unnecessary and potentially risky travel for staff. Although Uganda has not been as hard hit by the disease as other countries around the world, the Ugandan government took measures to stop the spread of the disease.
PCAU sourced out for funding and was able to support continuity of palliative care services in the country through offering grants to some member organizations to secure personal protective equipment, food relief, support transport, and delivery of medicines and communication needs. Some of the organizations that were supported included:
- Hospice Africa Uganda
- Rays of Hope Hospice Jinja
- Kitovu Mobile
- Makerere Palliative Care Unit
- New Life Hospice Arua
- Peace Hospice Adjumani
- Joy Hospice Mbale
- Hospice Tororo
All the above organizations were able to utilize the funds that they received to further ease access to palliative care services during the pandemic. A case in point is Kitovu Mobile that purchased bicycles for Community Volunteers to deliver medicines to patients. As it stands now, the needs for the different palliative care providers are enormous and COVID-19 has greatly impacted the already stressed donor funding for Palliative Care in Uganda. Therefore, we continue to look out for more support to further access palliative care to all that need the service in Uganda.