Muheza Hospice Care (MHC) has provided improved quality of life to thousands of people with life limiting diseases in Muheza district and in in more recent years in Tanga Region. This has been through providing morphine and other palliative medication for pain relief and other debilitating symptoms, as well as other physical, psychological, social and spiritual care.
MHC was founded in 2002 as an independant NGO working closely with the hospital management of Teule Hospital. The Diana Centre was built at Teule Hospital in 2003 to provide palliative care for patients and families in Muheza district affected by a life limiting disease .
The staff working with MHC are mostly employed by the hospital and palliative care functions as a hospital department. Several of these staff have specialist palliative care training to degree or diploma level. There is a team of trained Village Health Workers who are able to monitor medication, report changes in condition and provide home based care supervised by MHC staff. Volunteers are vital for the sustainability of palliative care, and also help raise awareness of the importance of MHC’s work in combating HIV/AIDS within the community.
In 2006 MHC started an extensive programme for orphans and vulnerable children.
In 2009 a “Tanga roll out ” programme was initiated to get a trained palliative care team in the Bombo Hospital ( the Regional Hospital in Tanga ) and in Korogwe, Pangani, Lushoto, Kilindi, Handeni and Mkinga District Hospitals.This is now being followed up with training to get palliative care and pain relief down to village level in the whole of Tanga region.
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To learn more of how MHC started continue reading The history of MHC