Women needing radiotherapy treatment in Uganda have a long way to travel. The only machine in the country is located at Mulago Hospital.
A total of 40% of all patients receiving palliative radiotherapy are cervical cancer patients, requiring a six week course of treatment. Those travelling a long way had nowhere to stay, so the Uganda Women’s Health Initiative supported the construction of a special radiotherapy hostel.
Located within the grounds of Mulago Hospital in Kampala, the hostel opened in 2009 and offers much-needed short-stay accommodation close to the radiotherapy department.