Elective Rotation: Hospice Care in Uganda
Contact: Tahereh K. Naderi
Location: Jinja, Uganda
I spent some time working for a wonderful organization called Hospice Jinja, in rural Uganda, that serves the community and provides hospice and palliative care to patients, who are often home-bound or have difficulty accessing medical services. I spent most of my time doing home visit in the surrounding villages. We would go out as a team and spend the day visiting anywhere form 5-12 patients, taking an interim history, refilling their medications (most importantly morphine) and ensuring they have adequate follow-up care if they had medical issues that were still being evaluated. Many people suffered from terminal cancers such as breast, prostate, skin and sadly cervical cancer. We had a few HIV patients and some other benign conditions. The organization is very open to having other residents volunteer with them!