Mhoira E F Leng, MBChB MRCP (UK) FRCP (Ed and Glas)

Mhoira E F Leng, MBChB MRCP (UK) FRCP (Ed and Glas)

Head of Palliative Care
Makerere University

Skype: mhoira leng

Dr Mhoira Leng is a palliative care physician committed to working to integrate palliative care into health systems and to support the development of equality of access to palliative care. She has a particular interest in international palliative care and is committed to working alongside partners in the developing world to build capacity, offer mentorship, support curriculum development and new models of care. Since 1998 she has travelled to Eastern Europe, extensively within India as well as Africa leaving the NHS UK in 2005 to allow her to work full time in international settings.

Other Appointments

  • International Associate Faculty and Mentor, International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative, The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, San Diego, California, USA, 2010 to present
  • Medical Director, Cairdeas International Palliative Care Trust, Scotland
  • Board member International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Advisor Mehac Foundation, India

Key Accomplishments

  • Lead development of an academic unit and centre of excellence for Palliative Care in East Africa’s oldest university, Makerere, with the goal to scale up and implement a sustainable, Ugandan-led model Palliative Care Unit in collaboration with our partners, which delivers and demonstrates a quality evidence-based service at the Mulago hospital site and carries out research, training and capacity building, 2008-present
  • Founder and First Medical Director, Cairdeas International Palliative Care Trust registered in Scotland whose vision is to facilitate the growth of Palliative Care in the developing world by supporting education and training, 2005-present
  • Consultant, NHS Grampian and Honorary Senior Lecturer Aberdeen University, 1995-2005

Education / Honors

  • FRCP Edinburgh, 2001
  • FRCP Glasgow, 1999
  • MRCP(UK), 1990
  • MBChB, Aberdeen University, 1987

Key Publications
Journal articles

  • Leng M. Networking and Training in Palliative Care – Challenging Values and Changing Practice. IJCP Supplement, Jan 2011
  • Grant L, Downing J, Namukwaya E, Leng M & Murray SA. Palliative Care in Africa Since 2005: Good Progress, But Much Further To Go. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care 2011, 1:14
  • Grant L, Brown J, Leng M, Bettega N & Murray SA. Palliative Care Making a Difference in Rural Uganda, Kenya and Malawi: Three Rapid Evaluation Field Studies. BMC Palliative Care 2011, 10:8.
  • Logie D, Grant L, Leng M, Murray SA. Mentoring Palliative Care Staff in Low Income Countries has Benefits for All. European Journal of Palliative Care, 2011; 18(5)


  • APCA Pocket Book for Palliative Care; Chapter Contributor, 2010
  • Leng MEF. Availability of Opioids for Cancer Pain Management in African Countries. Proceedings from 16th IAPC Conference, New Delhi, 2009
  • Opioids in Developing Countries in Opioids in Cancer Pain, 2nd Edition; Mellar D, Glare P, Hardy J, Quigley C Oxford University Press, 2009
  • ‘Death and Dying’ Chapter in Health and Illness in the Community. Edited by Taylor R; Smith B and Edward Teijlingen E Oxford University Press, 2003

Key Presentations

  • Leng MEF, Mohanti BK. Palliative Care Research Skills, Indian Association for Palliative Care International Conference, Lucknow, Feb, 2011
  • Mentorship and Lecture, RICK Cancer Hospital, Khartoum, Feb 21–Mar 4, 2011
  • Education in Palliative Care, Tanga Regional Palliative Care Meeting, Tanzania July 14, 2011
  • Leng M, Powell, P, Downing J, Atieno M Murray SE Research in Palliative Care, Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU) Biennial Conference, Aug 2011
  • Co-chair Scientific Committee for Palliative Care Association of Uganda Conference, Aug 25-26, 2011
  • EHA hospitals, St Stephen's Hospital, New Delhi, Oct 31-Nov 4, 2011

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  • Malabar Cancer Centre, Thalessery, Kerala Jan 29-June 1, 2010
  • Lessons from the Developing World, APM UK Palliative Care Congress, Feb, 2010
  • Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab, Feb 3-5, 2010
  • Aligargh Muslim University, Aligarh, UP, Feb 6, 2010
  • International Faculty for Palliative Care Stream at ICCAW Initiative to Improve Cancer Care in the Arab World, Mar 22-25, 2010
  • Sanjay Ghandi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow UP June 21-25, 2010
  • Palliative Care in an Acidic Setting, International Primary Palliative Care Research Group Conference, Capetown, RSA, Sept 13-14, 2010
  • Leng MEF; Namukwaya E, Kabahweza J, Nakanwangi R, Kolya F, Tibakabakoba H Development of an Academic, Hospital Based Palliative Care Unit, African Palliative Care Association (APCA) international Conference, Windhoek, 2010
  • Civil Hospital, Aizawl, Mizoram, July 13-27, 2009
  • Presentation to Scottish Parliamentary Cross party group on Palliative Care and International Development, Oct, 2009
  • Palliative Care Toolkit training workshops


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