Grantee details

Traveling Scholars Program Report

Mary Yata, DR

Travel date: May 1, 2017

Name of Meeting/Event/Activity: 6th Francophone Palliative Care Initiator's Course

Origin: Dakar, Senegal / Destination: Kampala, Uganda

How was this meeting/activity helpful to you?

This training course allowed me to know how Hospice Africa Uganda works: taking care of patients (holistic approach, day care, general organization…) and home visits. I think it is a great organization. It improved my knowledge in palliative care. I learned more about oral morphine: prescription and use, and management of symptoms. 

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

I am part of a team that provides palliative care at home (home based care). The sharing of experiences and the skills acquired during this course, reinforce us in what we do and will enable us to better organize ourselves on the field.

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

It would be better if it was given earlier to enable the grantee to make all arrangements in time, like booking a flight

Narrative summary highlighting the needs and challanges you face

Morphine: oral morphine is not accessible for all the patients in need of palliative care. It is only available in three hospitals. There are often stock-outs and children have priority when there are not enough. We want to sensitize the health workers (prescribers) to the prescription of oral morphine so as to have sufficient orders to cover all those who need it.  Recently workshops on prescribing opioids have been organized by the National Supply Pharmacy and we believe that things will move.  Advocacy: We now have strong arguments to speak to the authorities about the need to promote palliative care training but also the need to define a good strategy for strengthening palliative care in the health system