Hospice Ethiopia Report, Autumn 2017

Autumn2017Report

This report details the clinical visits made, meetings held, and teaching carried out during the visit to Addis Ababa. These were conducted on behalf of Hospice Ethiopia UK (HE UK), a UK registered charity.

The visit was planned and carried out by Sue Mumford (SM; Community Specialist Palliative Care Nurse and Chair of Hospice Ethiopia UK) and Dr James Mumford (JM; General Practitioner and & Trustee of HE UK) who funded themselves. The overall aims of the trip were accomplished.

Aims of visit

  • To provide ongoing support to Hospice Ethiopia (HE).
  • To provide supplies of equipment difficult to source in Ethiopia e.g. colostomy bags, urinary catheters, some medications etc.
  • To review the last quarter’s report (July-September 2017).
  • To review and understand the budget plan for 2017.
  • To speak with Nurse Yohanna who we met in March 2017 and has started work at Hospice Ethiopia since our last visit.
  • To join in Home Care visits.
  • To see Outpatient and Day Care in action.
  • To teach a 3 morning palliative care course to Nurses working at Strong Hearts Ethiopia and Cancer Care Ethiopia.
  • To meet with Health Care Professionals with an interest in palliative care (PC).

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Hospice Ethiopia Report, Spring 2017

spring2017reportThis report details the clinical visits made, meetings held, and teaching carried out during a three week visit to Addis Ababa in March & April 2017.  These were conducted on behalf of Hospice Ethiopia UK (the newly registered UK charity formerly known as the Norwich group supporting Hospice Ethiopia) and the International Consortium.

The visit was planned and carried out by Sue Mumford (SM; Community Specialist Palliative Care Nurse and Chair of Hospice Ethiopia UK) and Dr James Mumford (JM; General Practitioner, UK) who funded themselves. The overall aims of the trip were accomplished although some plans had to be deferred to a later visit, for example teaching nurses at Cancer Care Ethiopia, and visiting a Palliative Care hub. However in addition to activities planned JM and SM were delighted to attend Hospice Ethiopia’s General Assembly meeting

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Palliative care course at the Alert Hospital, Addis Ababa

Photo of attendees at a week’s palliative care course that Sue and Jamie Mumford ran at the Alert Hospital, Addis Ababa in March 2017. 20 doctors and nurses working in anaesthetics and emergency care received training in the ethos of palliative care, pain, and symptom control including prescribing morphine and communication skills. It is important that these health care practitioners know about palliative care to prevent patients receiving inappropriate, expensive, and invasive procedures when they are nearing the end of life. The course seemed to go down well with some great discussions. The evaluations were very enthusiastic and many requested further training for their departments and colleagues across Ethiopia.

“Sue, Jamie & Nicola. You are so special. Your learning styles, materials that you used all are interesting, so please continue this work to all over the country.”

 

The course was jointly funded by Aylsham Rotary Club and Hospice Ethiopia UK.