Kuang-Ning “Annie” Huang is a second-year Family Medicine resident at UVM Medical Center and a 2014 graduate of the UVM College of Medicine. She recently completed a five-week rotation at Mulago Hospital in Uganda through the UVM College of Medicine/Danbury Hospital/Western Connecticut Health Network Global Health Program.
Uganda is currently one of three African countries (including South Africa and Tanzania) to have palliative care formally integrated into its healthcare policies. The idea of hospice and palliation is relatively new worldwide, with it only becoming an officially recognized specialty in the 1980s. The first hospice in Uganda was started in the 1990s (following Tanzania and Kenya) and has since seen impressive growth around the country and increased integration into healthcare delivery. The Palliative Care Unit at Mulago was started six years ago, and has made impressive strides for a relatively unknown and new specialty.
The palliative care…
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