Their vision was a Centre of excellence that would provide the vital early detection and cure of cancer, pre and post treatment care and most importantly save many lives that were being lost needlessly. This vision is what led to the formation of the Uganda Rotary cancer Program.
St Francis’ Hospital Nsambya donated the land and the ground breaking took place on April 22nd2011 presided over by the then Rotary International President Ray Klingnismith. Generous contribution were received from several corporate entities, notably Centenary Bank, Crown Beverages Limited and our Italian friends AISPO that gave us the much needed seed resources.Most notably, the support of Rotarians Abel Kathoire, Patrick Batumbya, Ian Senkatuka, Wilson Sendikwanawa and Dr Martin Nsubuga was outstanding.
The Rotary Cancer Run was launched in August 2012 as the primary awareness and fundraising vehicle. The Cancer Run has been ongoing annually for seven years and the public has turned up in big numbers to support the cause. We are pleased and proud to say that after 4 Cancer Runs, on 7th July 2015, we handed over the completed cancer ward to Nsambya Hospital who are now responsible for the day-to-day operations.
We have since put together two Global Grants (GG) to help with the equipment of our cancer ward. These GGs had a training component for the staff through vocation Training Teams (VTT) with two inward and one out bound teams. Even with this donated equipment and the Vocational Training Teams, we are still far from achieving our desired dream of a specialized cancer center of excellence. We need to build two Bunkers to house two Linear Accelerators (LINAC) plus other associated equipment at the very least, hence the need to develop a strategic plan the will guide operations of URCP going forward.