Cancer Fight Program to be Launched in Uganda on Thursday

The American Cancer Society (ACS) will Thursday officially launch a program to train and fight cancer in Uganda.

The Strengthening Organizations for a United Response to the Cancer Epidemic (SOURCE) Program, which is part of an ongoing effort to reduce the burden of cancer in low-and-middle income countries (LMICs), will also be rolled out in Kenya on January 28, 2016.

This program is designed to strengthen individual cancer organizations and the wider networks in which they operate within LMICs, so that they are able to mount more effective responses to the local cancer burden.

The SOURCE Program is based on best practices in organizational development.

The World Health Organization estimates cancer to account for 5 percent of all country deaths in Uganda, according to Jackson Orem, Managing Director of the Uganda Cancer Institute.

Orem said the country currently does not have a supportive environment for prevention and control of cancer.