Our Three Paths Approach
Palliative Care for Uganda (PCFU) recognizes that continued education of local healthcare providers is paramount to its mission of providing palliative care to the people of Uganda. While initially this involved giving lectures and one-on-one demonstrations to local physicians and nurses on principles of palliative care, as time went on, we realized the need for farther reaching techniques to train healthcare workers to be able to provide self-sufficient and self-sustaining palliative care to the local population, both rural and urban.
In the past few years, PCFU has been developing a multi-media educational curriculum using video clips from actual palliative care encounters between our Ugandan team of experts and Ugandan patients in order to educate local healthcare workers in several principles of palliative care. Working closely with the documentary filmmaker Lucy Bruell, PCFU created several video-based modules that can be used in educational settings such as medical schools, nursing schools, and hospitals. Work is ongoing to include more topics to be covered by the curriculum. In order to disseminate this educational program, we have partnered with Pan African and Ugandan palliative care organizations such as The African Palliative Care Association and Hospice Africa Uganda that have the infrastructure to reach as many nurses and doctors on as broad a scale as possible. The first pilot study of the modules was carried out in 2018 and was a huge success. With further collaborations with academic medical centers within and outside of Uganda being strengthened, we hope to distribute this program to other countries in Africa in the coming years.
With the support of its donors, PCFU is able to provide all of this free of charge to these educational institutions in these under-resourced settings.