Uganda is an African country of about 35 million people. There are about eight physicians per 100,000 people (by contrast, the US has about 250 physicians per 100,000 people), and the entire country has fewer than 30 ENT surgeons.
Despite civil strife due to the insurgent guerrilla group the Lord’s Resistance Army led by Joseph Kony, which displaced 2 million people internally from 1986 through 2009, Uganda has been at peace since 2008. One of the poorest countries in the world, it has still built one of Africa's fastest-growing economies. Peace, low inflation, and sound economic development have made Uganda a more stable country in a troubled region. Nonetheless, a third of the population lives on less than $1.25/day. Uganda's healthcare infrastructure is slowly seeing improvement, and we are proud to be a part of the Uganda Cancer Institute's efforts to provide in-depth training to their ENT surgeons.
Several of our team members have joined with a team based at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and led by Dr. Chad Zender, an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at CWRU School of Medicine, to travel to the Uganda Cancer Institute in the nation's capital of Kampala, Uganda for an annual two-week surgical camp.