Creating Ways to Share Palliative Care Knowledge

Since August 2013, the Hospice Foundation has not only sponsored Center for Hospice Care employees to participate and teach at PCAU’s conference but also co-sponsors PCAU’s biannual conference. This conference, which now is hosted jointly by PCAU and the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI), usually brings together 500 local and international participants. Among these are palliative care stakeholders, palliative care trained nurses and clinical officers who spearhead palliative care services in Ugandan districts, as well as several other countries internationally.

The conference showcases both plenary lectures and special sessions in current research in cancer and palliative care fields, and the primary purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for continuing education for current palliative care practitioners as well as high-level exposure for health care leaders considering the development of palliative care initiatives within their own facilities.

Participants enjoy the opportunity to celebrate successes and share practical experiences, which contribute to the further development of palliative care in not only Uganda but in other Sub-Saharan African countries and beyond. Willing participants submit an abstract for consideration (in line with the specific conference tracks) by the conference scientific committee who review abstracts and choose participants based upon submitted abstracts.