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UCI participates in graduation program for cohort-one under ‘SOURCE program’ of American Cancer Society

Different officials at the graduation of the organizations trained in cancer management at Hotel Africana on Tuesday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

KAMPALA – Various organizations involved in cancer care in the Country gathered together on Tuesday, June 18 at Hotel Africana to celebrate the graduation of the organizations trained in cancer management under a program called the SOURCE program.

This Program is a competency-based training and technical assistance program. This program is designed to strengthen individual cancer organizations and the wider networks in which they operate within LMICs so that they are able to mount more effective responses to the local cancer burden thus its name. {Strengthening Organizations for a United Response to the Cancer Epidemic (SOURCE)}

The program that saw many graduate was launched in 2016 in Uganda and Kenya. The domains of the program are operations and administration, human resources management, financial management, financial sustainability, program management, external relations and partnerships, and governance.

It is also focused on developing mission delivery competencies of organizations across the cancer care continuum.

This comes at an opportune time when the cancer cases in Uganda are on the increase and effective interventions against cancer are needed more than ever before.

The Executive Director UCI, Dr. Jackson Orem informed the gathering that 75% to 80% of the new cancer cases recorded at the Institute die at the end of the first year of diagnosis. This he attributed to late presentation of the disease yet with early presentation, the results could be better. He thus re-emphasized the need for cancer awareness and collective efforts of organizations involved in cancer care and management.

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