PCAU Highlights Language Barrier As A Hindrance to Palliative Care


The Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU) has ventured into translation of the palliative care and cancer information into local languages of Uganda to enable palliative care and non-communicable diseases information to reach everyone.

The information is to be translated into seven major local languages. Mark Donald Mwesiga the executive director of PCAU highlighted that they have found out that people deep in the villages don’t have basic information about the non-communicable diseases. For instance diseases like cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and how they can avoid them or take care of themselves when diagnosed.

Mwesiga noted that , after the information has been translated it will be easy for the village health teams to pass on the information to the people in the language they understand.

To push this forward, it was revealed that the institute is in search of 10,000 Dollars to get the work done.

Professor Anne Marriman, the founder of Hospice Africa Uganda applauded the PCAU for spreading the palliative care services to many districts of Uganda to making the nation a role model in Africa on palliative care services, having started in 1993.

Palliative care is specialized medical care aiming at providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family. This type of care also addresses physical, emotional, and spiritual needs and is not limited to the end of life on

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