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.