HOSPICE AFRICA UGANDA (HAU) was Founded in 1993 and provides support and care to those dying from cancer and HIV/AIDS. HAU’s mission is to bring peace through relief of suffering and create a palliative care model for all of Africa – which is affordable and culturally acceptable.
Hospice Uganda Africa operates three care centres Kampala, Mbarara and Hoima. They provide palliative care for patients with Cancer or HIV, with clinics for patients who are well enough to travel and a day care centre. Home care teams leave the hospice centres each day to visit the patients who are too unwell to make the journey to the centre.
Kampala is the centre of operations and incorporates the Education and International Programs. Hospice Uganda now employs over 120 medical and support staff and supports over 1000 patients every month.
57% of people in Uganda do not access a health worker but now they can access palliative care through our growing countrywide network of trained community volunteers. These volunteers identify those who need our care when critically ill or at the end of life. The volunteers provide some basic care and work closely with district health workers we have trained in palliative care.
Care is provided mainly in people’s own homes and at roadside clinics. Using a model first introduced for controlling pain at childbirth, specially trained nurses can prescribe morphine. They also support patients in self administration of pain control. The care is specialized and time consuming in order to provide freedom from pain and give impeccable relief for all symptoms. HAU also provides counseling and spiritual support to the patient and family.
Spreading the care:
Our three hospices provide not just palliative care but also leadership and there are now five other free standing Hospices and District teams. Another 1500 patients get pain relief from medical staff trained by hospice Uganda.
We estimate that a further 20,000 may be looked after by those we have trained and are working in health facilities and other Hospices in Uganda. Those professionals we have trained at HAU are working now in 82 of our 112 Districts. They are followed up and given further training in conjunction with Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU).
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