These children are on the leukaemia ward and have all been waiting at the hospital for over a month, hoping for treatment. Hospice is trying to contribute towards the cost as it’s so expensive.
We are also working with Hospice Africa Uganda to extend capacity at Mobile Hospice Mbarara. This is supported by a grant from DFID and funds from Hospice Africa UK.
Cancer in children is particularly distressing and often where resources are restricted care is scarce or non-existent. Recognising this, a project is running at Mobile Hospice Mbarara, which is supported by a grant from DFID and funds from Hospice Africa UK.
Among the key achievements so far are: 314 children with cancer are receiving paediatric palliative care (ppc) with 205 new children enrolled, 56 children now receive morphine for pain control, 22 Community Volunteer Workers (CVWs) have been trained to help families nurse cancer patients, 1550 visits to children have been made by nurses and CVWs, 240 medical students have been trained in ppc, and 19 sensitisation meetings have been conducted by CVWs with parents of ppc patients.”
Meanwhile, in Kampala, staff from HAU and visitors regularly go to visit children who are waiting for treatment.
They always take some knitted toys which the children love.