Kampala, Uganda - Virtual
Partner: Health Volunteers Overseas
Cost: There is no cost to be a volunteer, however HVO membership is encouraged.
About Health Volunteers Overseas: Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the availability and quality of health care through the education, training, and professional development of the health workforce in resource-scarce countries. Working collaboratively with our partners abroad, HVO volunteers engage in activities such as delivering didactic and clinical trainings, offering case consultations, providing curricular input for teaching institutions, or revising administrative and clinical procedures for health care facilities. While in-person volunteer assignments are on hiatus due to COVID-19, HVO is offering remote volunteer opportunities. In 2021, HVO volunteers provided over 4,000 hours of e-learning and online support to health professionals at over 45 different institutions. Once travel is possible again, both in-person and remote volunteer opportunities will be available.
About the Mission: Gynecologic oncologists are needed to provide live lectures online for fellows and physicians at the Uganda Cancer Institute. The lectures are delivered through Zoom and generally last 1 hour. Volunteers must be board-certified in gynecologic oncology, and recruitment is ongoing.
About the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI): The Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) is a public medical care facility that operates in partnership with the Ministry of Health. The UCI engages in research, training, consultation, prevention, and cancer treatment in the areas of pediatrics, oncology, gynecology, radiotherapy, surgery, pharmacy, and bone marrow transplants. It is affiliated with Makerere University School of Medicine and Mulago Hospital, which is the teaching hospital of the medical school.
The gynecological oncology fellowship program at the UCI began in October 2017 with aims to produce specialists who could fight gynecological cancer in East Africa. Within Uganda, cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for women. The UCI, along with Moi University in Eldoret Kenya, are the only two institutes in East Africa that offer training in gynecological oncology. The fellowship program at UCI accepts two fellows per year and is 24 months in length.