I am Toko Friday Santiago, the Volunteer Coordinator for the Palliative care Education and Research Consortium (PcERC) at Mulago Hospital, Uganda.
I would like to thank Cairdeas Palliative Care Trust for giving me the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Social work and Social Administration. Being able to excel with good grades without needing to do any retakes has been one of my greatest highlights and achievements since I began my studies. The course has been very interesting and encouraging to me in many ways. I have been able gain experience, improve my social work skills, and broaden my understanding and knowledge.
The course has also contributed to my development as a person through gaining analytical and practical skills and knowledge. This has helped me to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families at Mulago Hospital, especially those with life limiting illness.
Some of the challenges I have encountered include the expense of photocopying notes of all the lectures, and that transport keeps fluctuating during certain days especially during the rainy seasons.
However, since beginning my course I have built my confidence and assertiveness as a student leader in charge of the social work faculty. I also act as the Minister of Health within the Makere University Student Guild where I represent the students’ views and challenges and provide support during the class assessment presentations.
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