Uganda Cancer Institute
|Uganda Cancer Institute|
|Uganda Ministry of Health & Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center|
|Location||Mulago, Kampala, Central Region, Uganda|
|Hospital type||Cancer Treatment, Research and Teaching|
|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 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.
UCI is a cancer treatment, research, and teaching center, affiliated with the Makerere University School of Medicine and with the Mulago Hospital Complex, the teaching hospital for the medical school. UCI maintains an inpatient facility with a capacity of 80 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 the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, USA. In May 2015, the completed facility opened and began attending to patients.
UCI was founded in 1967 with twenty beds, as the Lymphoma Treatment Center, to treat childhood lymphomas, predominantly Burkitt's lymphoma, the most common childhood lymphoma in Uganda and endemic to tropical Africa. In 1969, UCI expanded to a total of 40 beds, when the Solid Tumor Center was added to focus research on Kaposi's sarcoma and liver cancer. "During the 1960s and early 1970s, UCI was a leading international medical research center, in its areas of specialization. UCI established collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Maryland."
In 1972, following the expulsion of Ugandan Asians by dictator Idi Amin, nearly all of NCI'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 ... Amin, Olweny was forced to leave Uganda for security reasons, leaving leadership of UCI in the hands of Professor Edward Katongole-Mbidde. When Katongole-Mbidde left UCI to become the director at the Uganda Virus Research Institute in 1995, Dr. Jackson Orem took over the helm at UCI...." Between 2011 and 2015, the bed capacity at the institute was increased to 80.
The international research centers with collaborative projects with Uganda Cancer Institute include, but are not limited to the following:
- National Cancer Institute - Bethesda, Maryland, USA
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center - Seattle, Washington, USA
- Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Medical directors of UCI
The following medical researchers have served as director of UCI since its founding in 1967:
- John Ziegler - American: 1967-1972
- Charles Olweny - Ugandan: 1972-1982
- Edward Katongole-Mbidde - Ugandan: 1982-1995
- Jackson Orem - Ugandan: 1995–Present
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- Website of Mulago Hospital Complex
- Artist's Impression of the UCI/FHCRC Treatment Center and Clinic Under Construction At Mulago, Kampala Uganda
- New Cancer Unit Lights up Patients
- The New Cancer Facility Is A Beacon of Hope