In 2012, Rotary International and St. Francis Nsambya Hospital had only a dream; a dream to build a Cancer treatment centre of excellence in both Uganda and the region.
Then, there was no such a facility at the Hospital.
Rotary together with Centenary Bank thought that bringing government departments, private institutions, civil society and individuals together for a Cancer Run to raise funds would help realise the dream.
Six years later, the Cancer Ward, has been constructed and partly equipped and functional at Nsambya Hospital.
“This is a challenging but fulfilling assignment. After four years, we have put up the structure, which has been functional for two years now,” said Stephen Mwanje, the past Rotary District Governor.
This was at a function held to launch the 6th Cancer Run graced by the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, and held at Nsambya Hospital on Thursday 29th June 2017.
“The building is not enough because we need to equip it and train medical professionals,” Mwanje added.
Mwanje said that international partners had donated to the hospital a new Linear Accelerator machine valued at US$ 4 million. The machine is most commonly used for external beam radiation treatment for patients with cancer, treating all parts/organs of the body.