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Hutchinson Center to Build First U.S. Cancer Clinic and Training Facility in Africa Thanks, in Part, to a Grant From USAID
Date:10/26/2009

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Upon completion of the new, state-of-the-art facility, the Ugandan Ministry of Health has pledged $1.8 million to renovate and repurpose the existing buildings of the cancer institute. The renovation will include the construction of an inpatient facility. The Hutchinson Center has also committed $400,000 to construct new laboratory space for molecular diagnostics. The master plan for these renovation and construction projects was provided by facilities planning and construction staff at the Hutchinson Center.

Ultimately, the provision of new facilities for inpatient and outpatient cancer care, education and research will allow the Seattle/Uganda collaboration to:

  • provide first-rate cancer care in Uganda - a country of more than 30 million with one of the highest cancer rates in the world - and improve survival from most common cancers from 10 percent to 90 percent, saving an estimated 6,000 lives each year;
  • study the intersection between infections and cancer by promoting cutting-edge research aimed at pathophysiology, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infection-related cancers in Africa; and
  • improve the quality of medical education in oncology and increase the number of cancer specialists in Africa seven-fold (there are currently just two practicing full-time oncologists in Uganda).

One of the biggest benefits the Hutchinson Center is bringing to Uganda is a training program to address the country's lack of cancer specialists. Two Ugandan physician-scientists have already spent year-long fellowships at the Hutchinson Center; five more will be trained in the next three years. There are also plans to expand the training program to include other medical professionals, such as nurses and pharmacologists, Casper said.

The Hutchinson Center also plans to send up to 20 of its faculty members to Uganda in the next five years as part of a faculty exchange program. Researc
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