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Hospice and Palliative Care in AfricaA Review of Developments and Challenges$
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Michael Wright and David Clark

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206803

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206803.001.0001

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(p.201) Chapter 8 Uganda
Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa

Michael Wright (Contributor Webpage)

David Clark

Jennifer Hunt

Oxford University Press

Uganda (population 25 million) is a landlocked country in Eastern Africa that covers an area of 236, 040 km2. There are eight palliative care organizations that deliver some 155 services. These include Hospice Africa Uganda (HAU), Kitovu Mobile Home Care, The Mildmay Centre, Joy Hospice, The Palliative Care Unit; Lira Regional Referral Hospital, and Association François-Xavier Bagnoud (AFXB). The reimbursement and funding for services are shown. The chapter also addresses opioid availability and consumption. The Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU) is a national association that aims to introduce and maintain standards, bring together key players and stake-holders, establish a journal, quarterly continuing medical education (CME) update, publications, advocacy, and co-ordination of education and CME throughout the fifty-six districts of Uganda. Education and training of health professionals and non-health professionals is discussed. Furthermore, the history and development of hospice-palliative care in Uganda is reported. The principles of health care ethics include beneficence, non-maleficence, respect for autonomy, and justice.

Keywords:   Uganda, Hospice Africa Uganda, Kitovu Mobile Home Care, Mildmay Centre, Joy Hospice, Palliative Care Unit, ethics

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