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Welcome Letter

Welcome to the East Africa Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Training Program!

The Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) has been identified as a Centre of Excellence in Oncology and has been designated the East African Oncology Institute funded by the African Development Bank loan for training in various oncology specialties, including paediatrics.

The goal of this ground-breaking fellowship program is to build a critical mass of pediatric hematology and oncology specialists who will lead high quality, family-centered care of children with cancer and blood disorders; spearhead public health policy to control these diseases; educate future specialists in the field; and innovate improvements in treatment and control of pediatric cancer and blood disorders through research and clinical quality improvement.

The program is the result of cooperation and commitment between some of the most eminent institutions in Africa and on the world-stage in cancer care, medical education, health policy, and pediatric hematology and oncology, namely: Uganda Cancer Institute, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, the Ministry of Health of Republic of Uganda, Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation – Uganda, and Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine’s section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

This two-year fellowship program selects and trains pediatricians who are highly motivated and are passionate about treating children with cancer and blood disorders to independently provide effective, locally-appropriate, evidence-based care in the African setting. Graduates of this program will be recognized as specialists in the field by the regional medical regulatory bodies.

Our vision is that the completion of the fellowship program is not the end, but the beginning of a lifetime of program building, learning, and critical inquiry that will improve the outcomes of cancer and blood disorders in children in Africa to be the equivalent of that of their counterparts in high-income countries. Therefore, the program approaches each trainee with the expectation that he/she will be a future leader and a pioneer in this field, in their home country, region or center.

We are very grateful for the cooperation of the leaders of each of the partner institutions that have committed resources and facilities to this program. We are equally grateful to the faculty, health workers, technicians, and administrative staff at each of the partner institutions that have worked conscientiously to plan and implement this extraordinary program.

The current and future trainees of this program are the most precious resource in this field in sub-Saharan Africa, and especially in East Africa. This program provides the trainees an unprecedented opportunity to build a firm, broad, and in-depth foundation in one of the most fascinating, rewarding and important fields of clinical medicine and biomedical science. The program will open up enormous opportunities and professional networks for the trainees. Therefore, we invite all potential trainees to take maximum advantage of this two-year immersion learning experience.

On behalf of the Advisory Council of the East Africa Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Training Program, we welcome you to this website. It will provide you more details of this exceptional training program.

Charles L.M. Olweny, MB ChB, MMed., MD., FRACP

Co-Chair, Advisory Council, East Africa Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program,
Chairman, Board of Directors, Uganda Cancer Institute, Kampala

Professor Charles Mark Lwanga Olweny is a Ugandan physician, oncologist, academic and medical researcher. Currently he is a professor of medicine and immediate past vice-chancellor at Uganda Martyrs University, based at Nkozi, Mpigi District, in Central Uganda. Dr. Olweny also serves as Chairman of Board of Directors of Uganda Cancer Institute, Kampala.

David G. Poplack, MD

Co-Chair, Advisory Council, East Africa Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program,
Director, Global Hematology/Oncology Pediatric Excellence (HOPE), Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers
Elise C. Young Professor of Pediatric Oncology