The Community Program, also known as the Comprehensive Community Cancer Program (CCCP) is a community section of the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) that takes lead in cancer prevention through cancer screening, health education on cancer risk factors, prevention, early detection measures, and access to right cancer treatment in Uganda and beyond. CCCP conducts daily cancer education, information and screening at the Institute’s Out Patients' Department and in community outreaches. The goal of CCCP is to reduce cancer risk by increasing access and utilization of cancer prevention services.
Though the mandate of cancer prevention and control in Uganda was given to UCI including patient care, research, treatment and training, the Institute has had limited action in the areas of community cancer awareness and screening since its inception in 1967, and in the year 2009, the Government of Uganda having granted the Institute an autonomy status from the parent Mulago National Referral Hospital, UCI started this Comprehensive Community Cancer Program. In January, 2017 UCI became fully autonomous with an Act of Parliament of 2016, this has increased the strategic scope of community cancer programme.
This program strives to facilitate communities at regional level with knowledge in cancer prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment so that they can be able to do first hand intervention in cancer control and prevention. In addition to continued effort on cancer control and prevention the Institute conducts daily cancer education and screening clinics from Monday to Friday for all cancers and all people (women, men and children of all ages) at the Uganda Cancer Institute in the out-patient premises starting at 900am.
Our community team
We work with a multi-disciplinary team with sound background in Public health, Health promotion and education, Behavioral health science, Family medicine, Nursing(Midwifery), Gynecology, Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Social work. Both at UCI cancer education and screening clinic and outreaches we work with Cancer survivors to provide evidence and hope for cancer cure, supporting adherence to treatment and quality of life after cancer treatment. This dedicated team is headed by Dr Mugisha Noleb (MBChB, MMed, (Family Medicine), MPH, PhD fellow, PI & Co-Investigator)
What we do Our objectives include:
To raise awareness on cancer risk factors
To improve cancer prevention
To increase early diagnosis of cancer
To improve adherence to cancer treatment
To provide evidence based and practice based health promotion interventions
We work towards achieving the above objectives through the following activities:
Community cancer outreaches in lower level health centres, places of worship (churches and mosques), work places, training institutions (Universities, Other tertiary institutions/ colleges, Secondary and primary schools,), markets and other community centres. During these outreaches community cancer education, information, cancer survivorship testimony, counseling and screening are conducted.
Daily cancer education, information and screening conducted at the Institute in the Out Patients' Department (OPD).
Development and distribution of Cancer education and information (IEC) materials - We develop cancer brochures, fliers, magazines, booklets and newspaper articles to improve cancer literacy
Radio and television talk on different aspects of community cancer awareness.
Students' cancer clubs- CCCP in partnership with Uganda Child Cancer Foundation (UCCF) assists students start cancer clubs in their schools. This club is Children Caring about Cancer (3Cs club).
Training and mentorship- Wherever CCCP carries out outreaches, the team works with health care providers in the area, training them to continue doing cancer education and screening.
We conduct operational research to guide our interventions.
Our strategic objective and actions
Our Strategic Objective is to reduce cancer risk by increasing access and utilization of cancer prevention services. We work towards attainment of this objective through the following strategic actions.
Strategic Interventions/Actions are:
Design and implement a National health promotion program for prevention of cancer
Design and implement Community and institutional outreach programs, including cancer screening
Integrate cancer care and control in the essential healthcare package
Support community structures for improved cancer education, prevention and care
Develop a road map for cancer prevention and control in the context of broader multi-sectoral strategies.
Organize cancer prevention programs so as to strengthen leadership, governance, management, and accountability in all cancer groups and at all levels of the health sector
Undertake National cancer risk assessments and management programs across all ages, gender and geographical locations.
Mr. Jethro Alfred - Community Health Educator
Rural Cancer Clinic
In an effort to extend cancer prevention and care services to the communities, UCI has constructed the first rural cancer clinic in in Mayuge District. The New Rural Cancer Center has been created as way to help create awareness and examine the influence of health services within the region on rural health delivery, with determination of more research, consider specific improvements that could be made to the system to better meet the needs of rural consumers and providers.
There are unique challenges to delivering health care in rural areas, and they include provider shortages, isolation, long travel distances, scarcity of specialty care, under resourced infrastructure, and a predominately older population with multiple chronic conditions. However, out of necessity, rural areas also make it possible for smaller Cancer hospitals and clinics to be more innovative in overcoming the challenges of providing comprehensive and coordinated health care to residents. The absence of large, complex health care organizations fosters a prime environment for such extreme structure.
The New Rural Cancer Clinic-Mayuge
Working with children to prevent cancer
In collaboration with the Uganda Child Cancer Foundation, We have been able to promote cancer awareness and education programs among young people especially in schools, the main objective is to empower young people to be good advocates about cancer prevention, control and management, this model is known as 3C’s (Children Caring about Cancer). Since the launch of the above program, we have reached over 30,000 children and opened about 30 cancer clubs in schools all over the different regions. This initiative has attracted a lot of support from the young people and various schools in the country. This clubs are involved in various community activities like; health education, social support for cancer patients, and fundraising events both in and out of school.
Cancer prevention resources
General Cancer booklet, brochure and poster
Cervical Cancer booklet, brochure and poster
Breast Cancer Magazine, booklet, brochure and poster
Prostate Cancer magazine, booklet, brochure and poster