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Need a challenge for the new year?

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

We are once again looking for energetic fit people of any age who fancy taking on a marathon (or half marathon or even 10k) in Uganda and helping us by raising funds at the same time.

The Uganda Marathon 2020 is a seven-day immersive cultural adventure from 24th – 31st May. You have the chance to explore an incredible community in East Africa and visit, connect with, and support grass roots projects led by local organisations and making a powerful impact on the community.

Contact jenny@ugandacancer.org.uk for more details.

Gifts with a difference

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

Are you stuck what to buy for a niece or nephew; wanting to show youngsters that presents can be about helping others? Well if so, we are selling beautiful handmade beaded bracelets from Uganda for £10 with 100% of the money raised going directly to the charity. The bracelets come with a special card informing the recipient about the charity and the projects we are helping.

Email cathryn@ugandacancer.org.uk for more information and to order.

Annual Report 2018

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

Over the past year we have continued to support the work of our Ugandan partner, the Makerere Palliative Care Unit (MPCU) in Kampala, who have been extending the volunteer programme to develop additional volunteer cohort, specifically based around the Naguru hospital site. We have provided funding to allow a comprehensive training programme and to help with volunteer expenses, and also to support a new initiative aimed at training general nurses about palliative care who can act as a link between the hospital wards and departments and the MPCU. Extending the awareness and capability for palliative care is an important part of building capacity and capability within the healthcare system. There is good news from Kampala in that a new radiotherapy machine is now operational, and a further machine is planned for later this year; a significant help and hope for all patients.

The Palliative Care Association of Uganda held a conference in August 2017 in conjunction with the Uganda Cancer Institute which was celebrating its 50th anniversary, and I was pleased to be able to visit this as it gave the opportunity to make many contacts and get a better overview of the service provision for patients and their carers. In particular I met the Executive Director of the Uganda Cancer Society, discussing the potential for a cancer support centre which is also one of his key aims. This contact has continued over the year and we see a good opportunity to moving forward with developing this initiative.

Liz Nabirye, the information nurse from MPCU, visited the UK in the autumn, and was able to meet members of the BOAT charity who have supported her over several years. As a result we were delighted to receive a further grant towards the MPCU projects. Many thanks to BOAT and all our other donors for your support.

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.

Christine Whitehouse
Chair

Download our full Uganda Cancer Trust UK Annual Report 2018.

Update on radiotherapy provision in Uganda

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

A new radiotherapy machine was commissioned in January 2018 and in March delivery of a second Cobalt 60 machine, to be installed at the Uganda Cancer Institute, was also announced, with a further five machines planned within a few years. This will really dramatically improve the provision of treatment and the chances for a successful outcome for many many patients.

Sadly not everyone can manage to get treatment and Toko Friday, volunteer at Makerere Palliative Care Unit has written very movingly about one such patient that the volunteers provided support to recently.

Read our Annual Report for 2016

Saturday, January 14th, 2017
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
Chair
Uganda Cancer Trust UK
www.ugandacancer.org.uk
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