MakCHS Benefits from Uganda Cancer Institute Research and Training Program

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Uganda is one of the countries with very high morbidity and mortality due to cancer. Cancer is becoming more recognizable in our society with impact felt at individual, family and community levels. The interventions envisaged by the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) are geared towards prevention, effective management and control of cancer. The UCI as a lead agency in implementation of comprehensive National Cancer Control Program (NCCP), a key requirement for holistic cancer care, has over the years grown a strong working relationship with Makerere University College of Health Sciences. Key recent outcomes of this relationship have been in the areas of research and training in support of an emerging multi-disciplinary and multi-modality cancer care at the Uganda Cancer Institute.

The centre has offered together with its partner; the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle USA, cancer research training opportunities to a number of faculties from all the four schools of the college. Majority of this will lead to awards of PhDs. Secondly, the process in on to increase space for research and training program by putting new infrastructures at the UCI. Ground breaking for an ultramodern outpatient, research and training center building under the UCI/Hutchinson Center Alliance was completed. The Vice President of Uganda Hon Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi officiated at the function. The facility will be ready for use by 2013. In the same vein the government of Uganda has also provided funds to the UCI for a six level modern cancer ward which is near completion.

With the training program and infrastructure development in place the UCI is on its way to fulfilling its role of leadership in cancer research and training efforts in the country. The purpose of this is to make cancer research an essential component of a national cancer control program. Finally by developing human resource capacity through research training opportunities it is envisaged that the Centre can produce highly qualified and motivated, homegrown specialists who are able to undertake the challenges of both research and care using complimentary skills and knowledge.