CURE Children's Hospital of Uganda

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CURE Children's Hospital of Uganda
CURE International
Location 97 Bugwere Road, Mbale,
Mbale District,
Coordinates 1.0746N, 34.1719E
Care system Private
Hospital type Specialized and Teaching
Affiliated university West Virginia University School of Medicine
Emergency department I
Beds 42[1]
Founded 2000
Other links Hospitals in Uganda
Medical education in Uganda

CURE Children's Hospital of Uganda is a specialized children's neurosurgery hospital in Uganda. It is a private hospital, owned and operated by CURE International. The hospital is also a teaching center in pediatric neurosurgery for Sub-Saharan Africa.


The hospital is located in the city of Mbale, in Mbale District, in Uganda's Eastern Region. This location is approximately 245 kilometres (152 mi), by road, northeast of Kampala, Uganda's capital city, and largest metropolitan area.[2]


The CURE Children's Hospital in Uganda is a specialized neurosurgery children's hospital owned and administered by CURE International. The hospital is privately owned and charges a fee for its services. However, CCHU serves children with physical disabilities regardless of their ethnic background, religious affiliation or ability to pay. Opened in 2000, the hospital employs 6 doctors, 33 nurses and serves in excess of 7,000 patients annually, performing almost 1,000 operations every year. The children's neurosurgical diseases treated at the hospital include:

CCHU operates a busy outpatient clinic and owns a mobile van that transports sick children from remote areas to the hospital for care and returns them to their home areas after they have been treated.[3]

Training programs[edit]

CCHU offers the following training programs in pediatric neurosurgery in collaboration with other stakeholders:

Program for Advanced Training in Hydrocephalus (iPATH)
CCHU trains resident doctors in Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy (ETV), a procedure for the treatment of hydrocephalus, a condition characterized by the accumulation of fluid around the brain. CCHU offers a program to provide training and equipment to establish three new "ETV Centers" each year. iPATH Fellows train at CCHU for three months and upon completion of their training establishes a center for the surgical treatment of hydrocephalus in their own country. CCHU provides approximately $30,000 worth of equipment for each new center. Currently, CCHU has iPATH applicants from Ghana, Zambia, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Nepal, Senegal, Honduras and Madagascar. The first iPATH Fellow to graduate from the program practices in western Tanzania, in a CCHU-aided pediatric neurosurgery center.[4]
The Comprehensive Epilepsy Program of Uganda and East Africa
In collaboration with the West Virginia University School of Medicine, CCHU established a comprehensive epilepsy program for Uganda and Eastern Africa. Started in 2005, the program aims to:
  1. Identify, evaluate and treat Ugandans with epilepsy,
  2. Train African physicians in the evaluation and treatment of epilepsy, and
  3. Conduct research on the causes of epilepsy in Africa and best practices for treatment.

Starting in 2005, two neurosurgeons, Dr. Warf and Dr. Warren Boling of West Virginia University, performed the first three epilepsy surgeries ever done in the region. The program in ongoing and is being evaluated for further expansion.[5]

Pediatric Neurosurgical Fellowship
With the encouragement and support of international neurosurgical societies, CCHU has established a Fellowship Program for pediatric neurosurgeons. It is the only such program in Sub-Saharan Africa. Two neurosurgeons per year will study and work at CCHU, to focus their skills on children and to concentrate on a range of afflictions of the brain and central nervous system.[6]

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Coordinates: 01°04′29″N 34°10′19″E / 1.07472°N 34.17194°E / 1.07472; 34.17194