Uganda Cancer Institute

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Uganda Cancer Institute
Uganda Ministry of Health & Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Location Mulago, Kampala, Central Region, Uganda
Care system Public
Hospital type Cancer Treatment, Research and Teaching
Beds 40
Founded 1967
Other links List of hospitals in Uganda

Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) is a public, specialized, tertiary care medical facility owned by the Uganda Ministry of Health. The medical facility is located along Upper Mulago Hill Road, on Mulago Hill, Central Division, Kampala, about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) northeast of the central business district of the city.[1]


Uganda Cancer Institute is an internationally renowned cancer treatment, research and teaching center, affiliated with Makerere University School of Medicine and with Mulago Hospital Complex, the teaching hospital for the medical school. The institute's legal and financial status is unique in that its budget is allocated directly from the Ugandan Ministry of Finance, separate from the university and separate from the teaching hospital. UCI maintains an inpatient facility with maximum capacity of 40 beds.

In October 2011, ground was broken for a three-story integrated cancer training and treatment facility, measuring nearly 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2). The new building, called the Uganda Cancer Institute/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Clinic and Training Institute, is a project of the UCI/Hutchinson Center Cancer Alliance, a collaboration of UCI and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, USA.


Uganda Cancer Institute was founded in 1967 with twenty beds, as the Lymphoma Treatment Cnter (LTC), to treat childhood lymphomas, predominantly Burkitt's lymphoma, the most common childhood lymphoma in Uganda which is endemic in Tropical Africa.[2] In 1969, the institute expanded to a total of 40 beds, when the Solid Tumor Center (STC) was added to focus research on Kaposi's sarcoma and Liver cancer. During the late 1960s and early 1970s UCI was a leading International medical research center, in its areas of specialisation. During these early days, UCI established collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

In 1972, following the expulsion of Ugandan Asians by dictator Idi Amin, nearly all National Cancer Institute's scientists left. Professor Charles Olweny, a Uganda researcher, interrupted his studies at NCI in the USA and returned to become the first Ugandan director of UCI.

In 1982, following the overthrow of Idi Amin, Professor Olweny was forced to leave Uganda for security reasons, leaving leadership of UCI in the hands of Professor Edward Katongole-Mbidde, MBChB, MMed, FRCP. When Dr. Katongole-Mbidde left UCI to become the director at Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in 1995, Dr. Jackson Orem took over the helm at Uganda Cancer Institute.[3]

International collaboration[edit]

The international research centers with collaborative projects with Uganda Cancer Institute include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. National Cancer Institute - Bethesda, Maryland, USA
  2. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center - Seattle, Washington, USA
  3. Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, Ohio, USA

List of Medical Directors of UCI[edit]

The following medical researchers have served as Director of Uganda Cancer Institute, since its foundation in 1967 until today:

  1. Professor John Ziegler - American: 1967-1972
  2. Professor Charles Olweny - Ugandan: 1972-1982
  3. Dr. Edward Katongole-Mbidde - Ugandan: 1982-1995
  4. Dr. Jackson Orem - Ugandan: 1995–Present

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