Ms Rose Kiwanuka, Country Director, Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU)
Rose Kiwanuka is the Country Director of PCAU, a position she has held since 2006. She was the first Ugandan palliative care nurse and worked in senior clinical and education roles at Hospice Africa Uganda for 15 years before moving to PCAU. In her education role at Hospice Africa Uganda, she supported the development of the Education department which evolved into the Institute of Hospice and Palliative care in Africa (IHPCA).
Rose holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Aga Khan University, Kampala, Uganda; a Diploma in Business Administration from London Executive Business College UK; a Diploma in Palliative care with Makerere University through Hospice Africa Uganda; a clinical Diploma in Palliative care with the Institute of Hospice and Palliative care in Africa and a Diploma in Registered Nursing from St. Francis Nsambya School of Nursing and Midwifery in Kampala, Uganda.
Rose is a strong advocate for palliative care at all levels of the Ugandan health system. Through her role at PCAU, She has provided leadership for the development of palliative care services in more than 95 districts of Uganda, and the establishment of hospital palliative care teams in 13 Regional Referral Hospitals. She has special interest in education and training, mentorship and support supervision as a way to enhance the integration of palliative care into the health care system in Uganda. More recently she has provided leadership for the development and approval of a National Advanced Palliative care Nursing Diploma curriculum, under implementation by Mulago School of Nursing in Uganda.
Rose is a founding board member of Rays of Hope Hospice Jinja; a Board member of Uganda Heart Institute; a Council member for the Institute of Hospice and Palliative care in Africa; and Advisor of Mbale Regional Referral Hospital Palliative Care program committee. She is a member of International Association of Hospices and Palliative Care (IAHPC) and a Rotarian.