2017 Poster Award: Second Place – Dr Ludoviko Zirimenya
Dr Ludoviko Zirimenya is a Ugandan working with Hospice Africa Uganda, a Non-Governmental Organisation based in Uganda with a vision of Palliative care reaching all in need in Africa. His passion to help others in need saw him join Hospice Africa Uganda in 2009 as a volunteer doctor where he has grown through the system to currently head the clinical department. In his current role, he supervises clinical services across 3 different sites and a Morphine Production unit. He as well supports palliative care training and advocacy not only in Uganda but in other African countries like Rwanda, Kenya, Malawi and Ethiopia. In 2013, he was recognized by the international Association for Hospice and Palliative care for his support towards the promotion and development of palliative care in the world. He received his Bachelors in Medicine at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam Tanzania, has a Master’s of Science in Internal Medicine from the University of Edinburgh and his currently pursuing a Masters of Public Health at the University of Edinburgh.
Dr. Zirimenya first submitted a poster abstract to international Palliative Care Network conference in 2015. Annually he continued following subsequent calls for abstract submission. He said “I view this online conference as an opportunity for us practitioners in resource limited settings to be able to share and update our knowledge as per the latest available evidence without being hindered by the high costs required to attend an international conference physically.”