Ministry Of Health Uganda

PCAU supports the work of MOH that is in line with its strategic objectives. PCAU Works with the ministry to formulate policies and guidelines to enhance the scale up of palliative care service provision and integration in the health care system. PCAU coordinates the Country Palliative Care team meetings which are hosted and chaired by the Ministry of Health on a quarterly basis. PCAU is supporting the Ministry of Health to develop the National Palliative Care Policy, the National Palliative Care Communication Strategy and various other Key documents & IEC materials on Palliative Care have been developed in the past.

In partnership with the Ministry of Health, PCAU conducts periodic and on schedule visits to districts for mentorship and support supervisor for the Palliative Care providers. The visits held jointly with the Ministry of Health are intended to address the knowledge, skills and attitude needs for continued quality improvement of palliative care services.

One of the core activities of PCAU is to support and coordinate the Morphine Supply Chain in Uganda to ensure that Oral Liquid Morphine is available and accessible to Palliative Care Patients in need across the Country. PCAU is the secretariat for the Morphine partners meetings chaired by the Ministry of health. The meetings discuss the gaps and successes related to how access to oral morphine can be expanded at lower level health facilities including district hospitals. The partners in the supply chain are: Ministry of Health (MoH), National Medical Stores (NMS), Joint Medical Stores (JMS), Hospice Africa Uganda (HAU), National Drug Authority (NDA), Mulago National Referral Hospital, Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI). Each of the Mentioned partners plays a Unique Role in the Morphine supply.

Other Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies Apart from the Ministry of Health, PCAU works with all other line Ministries enhance palliative care work. PCAU is working with the Ministry of Education to introduce Palliative Care at all higher institutions of Learning. PCAU also works with line ministries of Gender and Labour and Social development, Ministry of Public Service and Finance. PCAU also works closely with government departments and agencies like the National Drug Authority, Uganda Human Rights Commission, Uganda Police and others.

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