Improving Pain Management for People with HIV in Rural Uganda

Chronic pain is common among people with HIV. By alleviating pain and suffering, palliative care improves quality of life, and according to recent evidence, it can even increase life-expectancy. Although pain management is widely considered to be a human right, it is relatively unavailable in developing countries. Even in Uganda, considered to be a model for palliative care due to progressive policies, strong advocacy, and active palliative care organizations, pain management remains inaccessible to most people.

From July 2010 through August 2011, the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) assisted the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Uganda to introduce, improve, and spread pain management in two rural districts using a “collaborative improvement” approach involving 13 health facilities and the communities they serve. From July 2010 through August 2011, the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) assisted the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Uganda to introduce, improve, and spread pain management in two rural districts using a “collaborative improvement” approach involving 13 health facilities and the communities they serve. This short report describes the outcome of the intervention and identifies key recommendations for further action.
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USAID HCI Project/URC
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