Grantee details

Traveling Scholars Program Report

Arolos Kouasi Verlaine Sowanou, MD

Travel date: April 25, 2016

Name of Meeting/Event/Activity: Fifth French Course on Introduction for Palliative Care

Origin: Come, Benin / Destination: Kampala, Uganda

How was this meeting/activity helpful to you?

I worked in palliative care since one year ago and I coordinate a palliative care unit. This course gave me many skills and best knowledge in palliative care and permits me to train others persons in palliative care. Otherwise, I am able now to do a good advocacy in palliative care.

How will you new knowledge & acquired skills help in furthering your work in hospice and palliative care in your program/city/ or country?

I can better deal all the patients in palliative care unit, I can better evaluate all the healthy and psycho-social, spirituality, sexual, problems of the patients. So, I can better treat them. I can better take care the patient’s family in bereavement. I wish add in my program, others models of palliative care as mobile team of palliative care, the day-care, the outreach. I have already write an action plan for my program for improve the access of my palliative care program and form the community volunteer. I include in this action plan, the training of the health professionals workers in our faculty and others heath school.

How IAHPC Traveling Scholars Program be improved in order to help other future traveling scholars?

I was really happy by all your service. Your answers to requests are very prompt from registration at the granting exchange and the bank transfer. The answers to the mail are also very fast. Otherwise, some people could have the language problem because your only language is English on the website. This situation may be improve to facilitate the registration and others procedures in your institution.

Narrative summary highlighting the needs and challanges you face

In my country, since two years ago, the palliative care began with the creation of Beninese Palliative Care Association and the creation of three palliative care medical units. But the inclusion of the palliative care in our health system is yet in reflection. Palliative medicine is a new medicine in my country. We don’t have yet the oral morphine for full control of the pain. In our cultural concept, the cancer appears that mystical disease and the diagnostic is made late. Many people died in totally pain. Few health personnel practice the palliative medicine and many didn’t discuss with their patients. The physical appearance of diseases is their only concern. We don’t have radiotherapy for cancer treatment. HIV/AIDS patients are increased and are stigmatized and abandoned by their family. With the poverty, few people have a social security and comes to pay their health fees. In my experience, I think continue to do several advocacy for having oral morphine. We have already started the training of others medical staff. So we need to reinforce this training and increase our capacity to provide palliative care. In second line, we will initiate the training of community volunteers who are very important to be near of patients in their community. We plan to include palliative care teaching in training school of nurse, midwife, medical doctor, pharmacist, social worker, physiotherapist, and psychologist. I expected to do a sensitization on the importance of accompanying and palliative care. Finally I plan to continue the advocacy in the place of partners (legal persons, NGOs, government, associations, institutions…) for dispense free holistics cares at patients