The Aga Khan University Hospital
recently hosted the first ever palliative training with a course
content specifically tailored for cancer survivors and family
care givers to empower them with knowledge and skills necessary
to serve patients with palliative care needs in the community.
Palliative care focuses on improving
quality of life of patients with life threatening
illnesses through assessment and management of physical
symptoms and attention to psychosocial and spiritual
There are gaps in continuity of care
of cancer patients who have palliative care needs
between the hospital and the community level.
The forum which had 100 participants
primarily targeted cancer survivors.
The forum was conducted by a
multidisciplinary faculty from the hospital including;
palliative physician, palliative care nurses,
psychologists, nutritionists and a chaplain.
According to Dr John Weru, Palliative
Medicine Physician at Aga Khan University Hospital,
cancer survivors are often the only source of cancer
information at the community level thus they are always
called upon to share their experience and encourage
The hospital has planned two more
cancer courses that will be part of World Cancer Day in
February 2017 focusing on cancer control advocates.
5TH HEART SYMPOSIUM - Dr. Mohamed Jeilan
Director, Cardiac Programme at Aga Khan University
Hospital, Dr. Juzar Hooker
Neurologist at the Hospital and Dr. Naeem Dean,
Cardiologist at University of Alberta in Canada, discuss
the programme for the Aga Khan University 5th
Heart Symposium held at the Safari Park Hotel. This
annual event was held under the theme “The Heart in
Medicine” and was attended by health care professionals
from Canada, East and Central Africa.
David Makumi, Manager, Oncology
Programme at Aga Khan University Hospital explains “There is a
growing number of cancer patients in need of palliative services
at community level; hence the urgency to ensure communities have
the right information and skills to take care of patients at
Aga Khan University Hospital is also
working with religious organisations to form cancer support
groups which will help improve access to psychosocial support at
the community level.
The hospital has two cancer support
groups; a general cancer support group for all cancer patients
and a colon cancer support group for colon cancer patients and
Plans are also underway to introduce a
cancer support group for parents of children suffering from