Bulamu Cancer Clinic

Bulamu Cancer Clinic 2017-12-02T18:26:51+00:00

Mbarara Hospital staff and Peace Corps Volunteers screened 308 patients for cervical cancer at the one-day outreach clinic in Katate, February 2017.

In January 2017, Bulamu partnered with Mbarara Regional Reference Hospital to open a walk-in cancer clinic using a two-room facility on the hospital campus. The joint venture was arranged thanks to Dr. Joseph Bottino, an American oncologist and Peace Corps volunteer who was providing training at the Mbarara medical school and hospital. The Bulamu Cervical Cancer Clinic, named in Bulamu’s honor, operates six days a week with a professional staff of three doctors and four midwives providing free screening and treatment. Bulamu donated $15,000 in funding to remodel the space and purchase the necessary equipment and cryotherapy instruments. We also share in the monthly operating cost. The clinic initially focused on cervical cancer but is now diagnosing and treating other cancers as well. In addition to the permanent facility, the staff periodically offers one-day outreach clinics in the surrounding region. Cervical cancer is the number one cause of death among women in Uganda, a tragedy because this type of cancer is easily detected and treated with proper knowhow and equipment.

Doctors Bottino and Mayanja on opening day at the Bulamu Cancer Clinic, our joint venture with the Mbarara Hospital and Medical School that screens about 500 patients per month. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of death among women in Uganda.