Steve Hynd from the African Palliative Care Association writes for ehospice about his recent visit to Hospice Africa Uganda and pays tribute to both the patients and staff
International - 28 February 2013
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Today after morning prayers we were really shown how grateful all the staff were of our work. They gave us small little traditional African craft along with a badge and T-shirt as well as a card signed by the staff. It was really great to see their appreciation towards everything we had done and it gave us a sense of achievement. We made our way over to the clinical block to the case conference, which is held every Thursday. The cases that are presented intrigue the medical staff and are brought up with the other medical teams for advice and a second opinion. The first case was about a 55 year old woman with breast cancer, which had spread to her spine, causing a few of the discs to collapse which in turn caused extreme back spine, immobility, night sweats and weight loss.
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By Niamh Blaine, Ciara Sexton & Sarah Redmond
Founded in 1993 by Dr. Anne Meriman, Hospice Africa introduced palliative care in Uganda and has spread to many other countries. Anne tirelessly and continuously aided and eased the final pain and suffering of many patients affected by Cancer and/or Aids and other terminal diseases. This very moving story has inspired the book “Audacity to Love” written by Merriman in 2010, it is an excellent read, a must for volunteers, donors and students of palliative care, proceeds going to Hospice. This is a handbook for any individuals or organizations who see a need for a hospice in their area and have apprehensions due to costs and structure.