This is in response to the breakdown of Uganda’s only radiotherapy machine.
The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) in Nairobi will work with the Ugandan government to provide as many as 400 cancer patients with free treatment.
“We are committed to working with the Government of Uganda to help save the lives of cancer patients in need of treatment while it works to re-establish its radiation therapy capacity. Our values as an institution dictate nothing less. While we can only treat a small fraction of those requiring care, given our resources and the tremendous need that exists, we will do all we can to help, and we encourage others to follow our lead.”
–AKUH-Nairobi chief executive officer Shawn Bolouki.
Patient-related logistics are being discussed with the relevant authorities.
The treatments will be paid for by Aga Khan University’s (AKU) Patient Welfare Programme, which is funded by the hospital and augmented by individual and corporate donors and provides subsidised medical care to needy patients.
The announcement is part of AKU’s commitment to providing high-quality health care to the people of Uganda and to combatting the growth of non-communicable diseases such as cancer in East Africa.
In December, the Aga Khan and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced plans to build a new Aga Khan University Hospital in Kampala.
Source: Daily Nation – April 19 2016