Our Mission

The Uganda Women’s Health Initiative (UWHI) is a collaborative organisation focusing on improving women’s health in Uganda.

Since 2005, the UWHI has performed incredibly important work in Uganda, to save the lives of newborn babies, women during childbirth and women threatened by cancer, as well as providing essential training, equipment and hospital buildings.

One of our major successes has been our cervical cancer screening programme. In the UK, cancer of the cervix is largely prevented, thanks to free cervical smears and vaccinations, and it’s now an increasingly rare disease for women in the UK.

In Uganda, it’s a different story. Cervical cancer is the biggest cancer killer amongst women in Uganda, with over 2,400 women dying from the disease, and over 3,500 diagnosed with it, each year.

Without action, these cases will rise. Predictions suggest that by 2025 there could be over 6,400 women a year in Uganda diagnosed with cervical cancer and over 4,200 deaths annually. However, it is a largely preventable disease and we want to prevent any more unnecessary deaths and suffering.

Our work has already proved that by applying prevention methods, we can successfully reduce instances of cervical cancer in Uganda. One of our key priorities now, working with the Ministry of Health in Uganda, is to roll out cervical cancer screening so that all Ugandan women have the chance to be screened by 2020.

It’s a big challenge, but with your help to raise the funds required to continue the team effort, we believe it is achievable and will help save the lives of thousands of women each year.

Throughout our website you can find out more about what we’ve achieved so far and our hopes and aims for the future. Most importantly, discover how you can play a crucial part in helping and supporting our life-saving work.

About Us

The Uganda Women’s Health Initiative is dedicated to working collaboratively towards the sustainable improvement of women’s health in Uganda.

The core UWHI team is led by Medical Director, Dr Daniel Murokora, supported by medical and research teams. Our board is co-chaired by leading professors, from both Uganda (Dr Lawrence Kaggwa) and the UK (Professor Ian Jacobs).

Find out more about the collaborating organisations that make up the UWHI, our mission and achievements so far.

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What We Do

In this section of our site, you can discover more about our trailblazing current projects and our hopes for the future, including our plans to roll out cervical cancer screening nationwide in Uganda.

What You Can Do

In order to continue our life-saving work, and achieve our aim of rolling out cervical cancer screening to all women in Uganda, we urgently need your help.
There are a variety of ways in which you can get involved and help support our valuable work.
You can donate by setting up a direct debit, or giving a one-off donation, or you can buy our book, The Uganda Women’s Health Initiative: The First Five Years.
How much for a life? What your money can buy
Every donation, small or large, makes a difference to women in Uganda:
• £15 screens one woman.
• £75 screens five women, of which one will have pre-cancer detected.
• £300 screens 20 women, detecting four women with pre-cancer and prevent one woman from developing a cancer from which she would be likely to die.
• £1,500 will enable us to screen 100 women and save five lives.
• £3,000 provides the cost of employing a nurse in Uganda for a year to undertake 3,000 screens, which can save ten lives.
• £15,000 provides the cost for a year for a new screening unit and staff training in an area of Uganda.
• £400,000 provides the cost for one year of our effort to roll out screening across Uganda.
• £4m is the cost of our ambitious ten year plan to make a cervical cancer screen available to all women in Uganda.
With your support we can continue to improve the lives of women in Uganda, the lives of their families and children, and help prevent unnecessary death.
Help save a life today and improve the future for women in Uganda.

Who We Are

The Uganda Women’s Health Initiative is made up of five collaborating organisations – University College London (UCL), University College London Hospital (UCLH), Makerere University in Kampala, Mulago Hospital in Uganda, and Hospice Africa in Uganda.

The Initiative consists of a small team of long-term staff based in Uganda – a Medical Director (Dr Daniel Murokora), a Programme Manager and four nurse-midwives.

We’re governed by a board which has both UK and Ugandan representatives and both a UK Co-Chair (Professor Ian Jacobs) and a Ugandan Co-Chair (Dr Lawrence Kaggwa).

Our work is made possible thanks to the ongoing support and financial contributions from a range of supporters, including broadcaster Jon Snow and Mrs Janet K Museveni, First Lady of Uganda and Honourable Minister for Karamoja Affairs, and Patron of UWHI.