Our second week was spent in the capital meeting with Hospice Africa Uganda (HAU) and training them in the use of the video based curriculum we at Palliative Care for Uganda have developed to educate healthcare workers in resource limited settings in palliative care communication and techniques. We presented HAU with some of the educational modules (free of charge) to use in their medical school and nursing school classes in hospice and palliative care medicine.
We always enjoy bringing doctors and nurses from the US with us on our trips to Africa and this time we brought two US physicians, a palliative care attending and a palliative care fellow-in-training , both from Weill Cornell in NYC. It is gratifying to see these young doctors work in Uganda, teaching the healthcare workers there, but also learning a great deal from the Ugandan workers and patients. They also helped out the local doctors at Naggalama Hospital performing health assessments on 1500 secondary school students! It was great to see some healthy patients for a change.
We also arranged for the visiting doctors to round with the palliative care doctor at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, the main government hospital for the country. (Thank you Dr. Liz!) Additionally they gave a lecture to the staff of one of the community hospitals as well as helping with the implementation of our educational modules at Hospice Africa Uganda. I think Drs. Larry and Lauren both had a valuable visit.
Here are some pictures from this trip: