This 5th Biannual Palliative Care Association of Uganda Conference is due to take place between the 29th and 30th of August 2013, at the Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala, Uganda. The conference’s theme is: ‘Palliative Care; “Sharing and Caring”.
In the lead up to this conference we are really encouraging everybody, even health professionals who have not been traditionally involved with palliative care, to consider coming along to learn and share with the other delegates.
We also want to reiterate that this conference is open to people living and working abroad. There is a huge potential for people to learn from what’s happened in Uganda but also for us to learn from best practice elsewhere. This can only happen though by coming together in one place – I hope that his conference will facilitate that.
Even if you cannot make the conference in person, you can still contribute. One of our main challenges is to financially support nurses and clinical officers who are providing palliative care in remote districts of Uganda to come and share their experiences on how they manage with scarce resources.
We are appealing to everyone internationally and nationally to donate generously towards the conference, so that palliative care practitioners can come together and to ensure there is quality palliative care for all it.
Every patient, whether they are here in Uganda or live internationally, who has a life limiting illness should be able to die peacefully and in dignity.
I hope that this conference will move us closer to realization of this aspiration.
I look forward to seeing everyone in Kampala.