Read our Annual Report for 2016

We continue to support the work done by our Ugandan partner, the Makerere Palliative Care Unit (MPCU) in Kampala. The projects are integral to MPCU, and the teams and individuals continue to develop their skills and understanding of cancer and its implications for patients and their families.

Particular challenges have arisen during this year, with the redevelopment of the Mulago site involving temporary relocation of all services to other hospitals in the Kampala area, and the irrevocable breakdown of the radiotherapy machine which has significant impact on patient treatments. The team is adjusting to the new realities, and we are very keen to help and support them in any way that we can to provide a continuing service to cancer patients and their carers.

The local situation has meant that we have not yet been able to progress our wider objectives and our strategic plan as envisaged. However, we have continued to maintain contact with MPCU and also widen our network of contacts with other likeminded UK organisations working in Uganda, for instance through Uganda Networks, a network set up by the Ugandan Christian Churches, specifically for this purpose. Although this may not drive out any positive projects as such, we have had significant support from Afrinspire in validating and refining a recent proposal from MPCU and would like to acknowledge their invaluable help.

Fundraising has continued through the year, with some key events undertaken by individuals, and importantly the continuing link with BOAT, an Oxford charity supporting our projects. We are very grateful for the support from all our donors and hope they will continue to support us in the future. Next year we will focus on the implementation of the strategic plan, with fundraising as a key objective, and also to raise wider awareness and involve more donors on a regular basis with the charity. As always many different people and organisations have generously supported us and nothing at all would happen without this.

I hope this report will give you an insight into the work that we are trying to do and the use we are making of your generous help, so another big thank you to everyone; please do keep on supporting us.

You can download the Annual Report 2016 in full.

Christine Whitehouse
Uganda Cancer Trust UK

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