Center for Hospice Care, based in Mishawaka, reached out to PCAU 10 years ago, hoping to affiliate themselves in this global cause. Once ties were made, the connection bloomed into a fruitful partnership. The partnership is celebrated through a very special event—Okyuamba Fest. Okuyamba is the Luganda word “To Help.”
This year marks 10 years of growth and support within this relationship. The Okuyamba Fest was held at Center for Hospice Care’s Mishawaka Campus on July 31.
Mike Wargo, Chief Operating Officer of the Hospice Foundation (the supporting foundation for Center of Hospice Care) spoke to the positive contributions of the partnership.
“We started working with PCAU when palliative care was only available in 34 of the 112 districts of Uganda,” Wargo said. “Now it is available in 97 of those districts. We’ve provided the funding and support for 60 nurses to go through the clinical palliative care diploma program so they can become morphine prescribers, which has helped them get palliative care into so many districts over that period of time.”More