Emmanuel Bruce Kaweeri Luyirika

Executive Director, The African Palliative Care Association (APCA) (Uganda)

The Religious can be empowered to create awareness about palliative care needs for the older people among their congregations. They can also influence government and health providers to offer the service. In addition, in some of the countries like Uganda, almost 50% of all health units are owned by the church with the Catholic Church being the major provider of health care services. This can be a good channel for advocacy for inclusion of palliative care in these health units. The religious can also influence congregation to form support groups to reach the older persons in the community with specific palliative care needs. They can also include palliative care in their pastoral work or pastoralia as they support families with older persons.  The Workshop can advocate for formation of  models of service provision for older persons in a given community and especially using the church as a spring board especially within Africa.


Every older person with chronic or incurable illness has the right to receive Palliative Care.

The goal of Palliative Care is to take care of the person in totality even when there is no longer a cure. This care foresees a team of different and diverse professional figures: doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, social and religious assistants helping patients and their families.

Palliative Care is not a palliative.

Together we have the opportunity to spread the meaning and the profound value of Palliative Care and sensitize every country so that it may become an integral part of every national healthcare system.