Ugandan doctor wins Commonwealth scholarship
Posted Tuesday, October 8 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- Dr Patience Nalubega, a Ugandan doctor who runs a support service for children with cancer, is to study at the University of Bedfordshire before returning home to improve healthcare provision.
This is after she emerged among five students awarded a Commonwealth scholarship to undertake a Masters degree in Public Health.
Dr Nalubega is a board member of the Bless a Child Foundation – a non-governmental organisation that provides care to children suffering from cancer.
The child paediatrician said: “The majority of Ugandan children who suffer from cancer are from very poor backgrounds and their parents may believe cancer is the result of witchcraft and is incurable.
“After completing this course, I hope to travel back to Africa equipped with new ideas on how to promote research and public awareness of childhood cancer. Hopefully, we’ll be able to present these findings to the government and get a proper strategy in place.”
Bless a Child was launched in 2007 to help children who do not have enough money to get a home from hospital after the cycle of chemotherapy treatment.
Other students awarded scholarships include Urooba Rana and Opeyemi Ezekiel Akindele, both pharmacists, from Pakistan and Nigeria respectively.
The scholarships are provided by the UK’s Department for International Development.
Prof Gurch Randhawa of Diversity in Public Health at the university said: “I’m delighted to welcome such a high calibre of students after receiving more than 170 applications. The course is designed to develop their practical public health skills.”