Hospice Africa Uganda Resource Centres The Resource Centres provide support services for study, teaching and research to staff and students of HAU as well as its partners. It is a source of Palliative care information materials in form of books, journals, reports, Newsletters, Photographs, CD-ROMS, Databases etc.
The Resource Centres also cater for other non medical disciplines such as management, education, religion,etc. Diana Resource Centre located at HAU Makindye site is the main resource centre with branches at Mobile Hospice Mbarara and Little Hospice Hoima. Arrangement of the resource centres;
Mobile Hospice Mbarara commenced a palliative care service to patients and families in January 1998. We care for patients with cancer and AIDS, offering a palliative care service to those with pain and at the end of their life.
Little Hospice Hoima (LHH) was founded in 1998 Dr. Stella, a volunteer. She was then joined by Betty Kasigwa (the current Health Services Coordinator) and together they conducted palliative care services from a shop in the town centre.
Since then Little Hospice Hoima (LHH) has moved four times and currently it now occupies the only purpose built Hospice outside Hoima town centre and it functions very well. We have now celebrated our 10th anniversary!
Hoima district has a population of over 400,000 people. It borders Lake Albert which recently had oil well found there. This discovery has led to the fast development to Hoima. Roads and prestige have changed the town rapidly. LHH continues to evolve to serve this rapidly advancing community
Specific Vision for the Team at LHH
The Department of International Programmes
Over the past twelve months Hospice Africa has identified the need for a dedicated team to work with projects in countries other than Uganda. This small team, based at HAU, is funded by Hospice Africa and is led by Anne. Catherine Nawangi, who joined HAU as a palliative care nurse in 1999, has been appointed Clinical Trainer for International Programmes. Catherine is responsible for working with teams who are receiving funding from Hospice Africa and helping in setting standards, adapting palliative care to local needs using local obtainable tools, setting up evaluation tools and training on site. She also identifies dedicated individuals, from each team, to receive training at HAU. To date Catherine has worked with teams in Malawi, Cameroon and Nigeria. Her advice and support is very much appreciated by these teams.
Catherine keeps in touch with the teams by text after she returns to Uganda. She thought out this innovative method as many of the Nurses working on the ground do not have access to e-mail and calls are very expensive. However a text can give support and answer difficult questions.
Future support for Palliative Care in Africa
For the foreseeable future, Hospice Africa in the UK will remain a small charity run by volunteers but others are choosing different routes. Hospice Africa Ireland (HAI) has taken a leap of faith with the decision to employ a fundraiser. Angela Cooney works with the Board of Hospice Africa Ireland and is the first person to be employed by the wider organisation outside of Uganda.
Angela is based in the new office, lent to HAI free of charge, by the management of Our Lady