Okuyamba, the Lugandan word meaning ‘to help,’ focuses on the common mission shared by a small band of palliative care nurses working tirelessly to ease the pain and suffering of AIDS and cancer patients dying deep in the rural villages of Uganda. As the film opens, it is a typical day in Uganda. With the Muslim pre-dawn prayer chanting in the background, a new day beckons. Banana farmers take crops to market and children make their way to school. But for Rose Kiwanuka, Uganda’s first palliative care nurse, her day begins with a trek to a village deep into the Ugandan bush where dying patients eagerly await the arrival of her and her colleagues, who bring them comfort and care.
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Sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies; cosponsored by the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, the Palliative Care Association of Uganda, and the Hospice Foundation