Grantee details

Traveling Scholars Program Report

Paul Christian Tsotie Tikeng, RN

Travel date: June 3, 2016

Name of Meeting/Event/Activity: Internship in palliative care and oncology

Origin: Yaoundé, Cameroon / Destination: Madrid, Spain

How was this meeting/activity helpful to you?

This internship permit me to learn more about the palliative home base care and the administration of the cytostatic to the patients with cancer in future oncology unit.

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

Through the improvement of the provision of service by perfecting the inpatient care and better organization of palliative home care.

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

I think that many persons don’t know IAHPC, so if IAHPC can make an effort to be known more.

Narrative summary highlighting the needs and challanges you face

In comparative of others countries as UK, Spain, USA, France, which have many years of experiences, we are still starting the palliative care in our country (Cameroun). First of all we have to note that there is not government policy operative on palliative care and many health workers are still taking contact with the palliative care. Therefore, some cities of the country are almost providing the palliative care in their respective city even though with few resources (human’s resources, knowledges, infrastructures, drugs…) but officially at this moment we just have one palliative care unit (PCU) in the country. However the principal’s problems are: 1) Pain control because the different types of pain killer and other drugs mostly used in the PCU are not accessible; 2) The palliative home care are still embryonic. 3) How to manage some pain’s killer for relieve the pain. 4) Fortunately there are some organizations (local and Spanish) which help us with the drugs procurement. The skills that I acquired during my trip will me to manage correctly the pain killer for pain control, to improve the organization of palliative home care. Now in the PCU we are renewing the protocols of cares.