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,  Uganda
Coordinates 1.074167N, 34.171667E
Care system Private
Hospital type Neurosurgery
Affiliated university West Virginia University School of Medicine
Emergency department I
Beds 42[1]
Founded 2000
Website Homepage
Other links Hospitals in Uganda

CURE Children's Hospital of Uganda (CCHU) 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.[2]


The hospital is located in the city of Mbale, in Mbale District, in the Eastern Region. This location is approximately 221 kilometres (137 mi), by road, northeast of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.[3] The coordinates of the hospital are 1°04'27.0"N, 34°10'18.0"E (Latitude:1.074167; Longitude:34.171667).[4]


The CCHU 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 and 33 nurses and serves more than 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.[2]

Training programs[edit]

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

Program for advanced training in hydrocephalus[edit]

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, establishe a center for the surgical treatment of hydrocephalus in their own country. CCHU provides approximately US$30,000 worth of equipment for each new center. CCHU has had 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.[5][6]

Comprehensive epilepsy program of Uganda and East Africa[edit]

In collaboration with the West Virginia University School of Medicine, CCHU established in 2005 a comprehensive epilepsy program for Uganda and Eastern Africa. The program aims to:

  1. Identify, evaluate and treat Ugandans with epilepsy.
  2. Train African physicians in the evaluation and treatment of epilepsy.
  3. Conduct research on the causes of epilepsy in Africa and best practices for treatment.

Neurosurgeons Benjamin Warf and 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.[7]

Pediatric neurosurgical fellowship[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Frederick Womakuyu, and Richard Wetaya Lunyolo (1 February 2009). "Cure Hospital: The Hope for Children With Disabilities". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "CURE Children's Hospital of Uganda: About the Hospital". CURE Children's Hospital of Uganda. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Road Distance Between Kampala And Mbale With Map". Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Google. "Location of CURE Children's Hospital of Uganda At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "The International Program to Advance the Treatment of Hydrocephalus (iPATH)". International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "CURE Hydrocephalus Surgeon Fellowship Program And Strategy". CURE International. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Price, Aryeh J. (1 September 2014). "An Interview With Dr. Benjamin Warf – Treatment of Pediatric Brain Tumors In Sub-Saharan Africa". Retrieved 24 December 2014. 

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Coordinates: 01°04′27″N 34°10′18″E / 1.07417°N 34.17167°E / 1.07417; 34.17167