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Traveling Scholars Program Report

Bikuelo Jr., MD

Travel date: May 2, 2017

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

Origin: Kinshasa, DR of Congo / Destination: Kampala, Uganda

How was this meeting/activity helpful to you?

The meeting was helpful for us because we learned how to practice palliative care and how to prescribe oral morphine solution to patients at the end of life or to whom suffering of chronic diseases. We learned also the assessment of pain by using different types of scale, the management of constipation by reducing the dosage of oral morphine and giving laxatif as bisacodyl, the announcement of bad news to patients or his family.

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

With these new knowledge, we are now able to transmit palliative care to physicians and nurses in our hospital, to lavished palliative care to patients with cancer or at the end of life, to give oral morphine and to manage constipation if it is necessary.

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

To continue that program in all Africa, specifically in countries without palliative care. Main needs and challenges that we face in the provision of palliative care in our country: In DRC, we already have oral morphine but it is too expansive (60 ml = 10 US). We need to reduce the price of that drug in order to help poor patients. We need to organize formations for physicians, nurses, We need to make supplications to government to have their implication in palliative care, Physicians and nurses must know that palliative care are also necessary as other treatment for patients at the end of life or suffering of chronic disease like cancer, HIV.

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