New life Hospice Arua (NELIHA) currently operates within the premises of Arua Regional Referral Hospital. The budding Hospice faces numerous resource needs but yet serves palliative Care Patients in greater West Nile region and communities in Democratic Republic of Congo and Southern Sudan. On average the hospice attends to over 200 patients monthly. The Hospice is led by dedicated team of Palliative Care Nurses and volunteers who have the zeal to reach communities and homes with the message of Palliative Care. The team at new Life Hospice moves on foot to see patients who are within 5 kilometers radius. They are unable to conduct cancer awareness sensitizations in communities further than Arua Municipality because of transport constraints and the current one room space of operation is too small to enable the hospice operate smoothly.
In December 2016, PCAU held a fundraising dinner in Kampala where proceeds were used to acquire 2.5 acres of land for NELIHA. The process to finalize land ownership and initiate establishment of NELIHA a permanent home are now ongoing. This gesture is a wonderful opportunity to build on to realize the establishment of the first building for NELIHA to serve and relieve pain and suffering among communities in West Nile and neighboring countries.
Two Charity football games between two prominent football teams (Onduparaka FC and KCCA FC) in Uganda will be held in Kampala and Arua towns on 16th June 2018 and 14th July 2018 respectively. Both events are expected to attract over 10,000 participates who will purchase tickets to participate. The public will be mobilized through various communication strategies including use of the mass media to participate in the charity walk and to spectate the football matches. The Football Matches will be organized in way that one will be played in Kampala and a local game will be played in Arua town.
The two events are expected to raise 500 Million Uganda shillings, which is the estimated cost of establishing the first building for NELIHA with its facilities. The building will house a patient’s waiting room, 3 office rooms and hostel capacity for at least 20 cancer patients receiving treatment at Arua Regional referral Hospital and patients in transit after referral to Uganda Cancer institute (UCI).