Her Royal Highness Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda Luswata in Washington D.C
Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda at Inova Fairfax Hospital Cancer Center.

Her Royal Highness Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda Luswata in Washington D.C

Her Royal Highness Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda Luswata in Washington D.C September 02 to September 03, 2010.

By Bulange, Mengo, Uganda
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First published: September 6, 2010


The Uganda Cancer Research Foundation (UCRF) is a non-profit organization incorporated in Uganda in July 2008 with a mission to promote cancer education, research, patient advocacy and care.


Her Royal Highness the Nnabagereka, a Founder member and Patron of UCRF, led a delegation to the U.S. to mobilize  support and publicize the work of the Foundation. She was expected to provide effective leadership and a positive impact on cancer, advocacy and research in Uganda during the visit. Her Royal Highness was accompanied by Mrs. Maria Kiwanuka, Chairperson of the Nnabagereka Development Foundation, Mrs. Juliet Ssenteza, Private Secretary for Her Royal Highness, and other members of UCRF.

Over the two days, she visited three hospitals in the greater Washington metropolitan area. On September 02, 2010, she visited the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and Medicine International Department and the George Washington University Breast Cancer Center.  On September 03, Her Royal Highness visited Inova Fairfax Hospital and Life Center.  Her Royal Highness toured the cancer facilities and held meetings with doctors, nurses, and social workers of at each of the hospitals.


Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda and the Chairperson NDF and UCRF members in a meeting with doctors of Johns Hopkins University medicine International Group
Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda and the Chairperson NDF and UCRF members in a meeting with doctors of Johns Hopkins University medicine International Group.

At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Eli Timoll, Medical Director/Ombudsman of Patient Services, Johns Hopkins Medicine International, and his team gave an overview of their major programs, including: global ventures, global services, and patient services, which he thought might be of interest to UCRF.  These programs focus on knowledge exchange in the setting of academic training or patient service.

At George Washington University, Dr. Robert Siegal, Director of GW Cancer Center, and his team gave an overview of an efficient and effective breast cancer service that is both patient and family centered.  He explained that their center used electronic medical records, which had improved confidentiality and timeliness of access to patient results by doctors.  For UCRF, they counseled the need to obtain firm cancer statistics to determine cancer burden and study trends in order to design sound cancer education, prevention, and intervention programs.

A doctor at the molecular laboratory in Inova Fairfax explains how genomics tests.  A doctor explains how genomics tests may be used in cancer research
A doctor at the molecular laboratory in Inova Fairfax explains how genomics tests. A doctor explains how genomics tests may be used in cancer research.

At Inova Fairfax Hospital Cancer Center, Dr. Kirsten Edmiston, Medical Director Fairfax, and her team stressed the importance of training, the challenges of developing a patient and family centered cancer service, and the need to get sound data. They invited the Foundation to take advantage of the conference seminars offered by the hospital.  In addition, the center expressed willingness to consider requests from the Foundation to support educational programs and the development of appropriate cancer awareness messages.

By Bulange, Mengo, Uganda
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First published: September 6, 2010


Contact:
Mrs. Juliet Ssenteza
Private Secretary to the Nabagereka
Office of the Nnabagereka
E-mail: Office@nabagereka.org & nnabagereka.office@gmail.com
Telephone: 256-31-226-2672 /256-71-556-1606