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It is our great pleasure to invite you to, support and attend the 4 th Uganda Conference on Cancer and Palliative Care from the 14 th – 15 th Sept 2023 at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala City, Uganda the Pearl of Africa.

The in-person conference is collaboratively brought to you by the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) which hosts the East Africa Centre of Excellence in Oncology and the Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU), one of the pioneer national palliative care associations on the African Continent. This 4th conference follows 3 other conferences cohosted by UCI and PCAU with international repute.

Cancer and other life-limiting illnesses continue to be an increasing public health concern in Uganda and the region. The recent COVID-19 pandemic, Ebola outbreaks, sporadic natural disasters, and the humanitarian situation in the region emphasize the need to scale up cancer and palliative care services to reach geographically remote communities and also a better focus on vulnerable/special groups. Due to the nature of highly centralized, urbanized, non-inclusive, and out-of-pocket expenditure of services, communities in remote settings, the poor, and other vulnerable groups are disproportionally deprived of continued access to essential services amidst public health emergency situations.

The chosen theme for the conference is Scaling up availability, accessibility, quality, and equity”. The theme was carefully selected to cause the attention of all stakeholders to discuss the barriers that impede the provision of cancer and palliative care services and work towards eliminating them and ensuring the availability, accessibility, quality, and equitable services.

The conference brings together, professionals in the field of cancer and palliative care, healthcare providers, students, policymakers, eminent researchers, academicians, donors, and partners in corporate and businesses, patients, and the general public.

The conference features workshops, plenary lectures, parallel presentations, special interest side events, poster presentations, and exhibitions.


Dr. Nixon Niyonzima
Conference Co-Chair


Dr. Eddie Mwebesa
Conference Co-Chair

Welcome Remarks from the Hosting Institutions

We are honored to welcome all our invited speakers, guests, and delegates to the 4th Uganda Conference on Cancer and Palliative Care. This event has been curated to bring together experts, innovators, and forward-thinkers in all disciplines to exchange ideas, insights, and best practices.

This conference will provide a forum for meaningful dialogue, exchange of information, and the inspiration to push the boundaries of what is possible in our industry regarding scaling up availability, accessibility, quality, and equity for cancer and palliative care services.

The partnership between Uganda Cancer Institute and Palliative Care Association of Uganda hosted the 1st biennial conference as part of a joint conference in which UCI celebrated its golden jubilee in 2017 and in 2019, they held their 2nd Conference.  In 2021, the 3rd Conference was held online during the pandemic under the theme Cancer and Palliative Care in COVID-19 and other Challenging Situations. These conferences were all a success with each having more than 350 delegates from across the globe.

Therefore delegates can utilize this opportunity to connect with peers and leaders and come away with new knowledge and insights that can fuel success in their personal and professional endeavors.

The conference program has been developed to l offer valuable learning opportunities, with thought-provoking keynote speakers and interactive discussions. The agenda will allow for ample networking opportunities.

We are excited to be a part of this experience and look forward to learning from all of you.

So on behalf of all the teams, we extend a warm welcome to you all delegates to the Pearl of Africa and encourage you to make the most of this remarkable conference.

Let’s seize the day and push the boundaries of what’s possible!

Thank you.


Dr. Jackson Orem
Executive Director
Uganda Cancer Institute


Mark Donald Mwesiga
Executive Director
Palliative Care Association of Uganda

Message from the Scientific Co-Chairs

The Scientific co-chairs, Prof Julia Downing and Dr. Nixon Niyonzima warmly welcome you to the 4th Uganda Conference on Cancer and Palliative Care 2023. This year our theme focuses on “Scaling up availability, accessibility, quality, and equity for Cancer and Palliative Care services in Uganda.

Our 2021 conference was in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and this year we are excited to welcome you in person. The 4th Uganda Conference on Cancer and Palliative Care will be held from the 14th to 15th of September at the Speke Resort Munyonyo, a relaxing resort on the shores of Lake Victoria. We are planning an action-packed conference that will feature exciting science and we look forward to having you in Kampala this year.


Dr. Nixon Niyonzima
Scientific Co-Chair


Prof. Julia Downing
Scientific Co-Chair

Sept 14–15, 2023


Speke Resort Munyonyo


Keynote Speaker

Meg O’Brien, PhD

Vice President, Global Cancer Treatment, American Cancer Society

Dr. Meg O’Brien is an infectious disease epidemiologist who has spent more than 20 years working with health ministries and health care providers to [...]

Meet our Conference Speakers

Mark Donald Mwesiga

Executive Director of the Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU)

Julia Downing PhD RGN

Chief Executive, International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN)

Dr. Jackson Orem

Executive Director of the Uganda Cancer Institute 

Dr. Emmanuel Luyirika

Executive Director, African Palliative Care Association

Prof. William Bazeyo

CEO of Africa One Health University Network (AFROHUN), Chief of Party and Director Resilient Africa Network (RAN), Director Africa Centre for Tobacco Control (CTCA)

Dr. Aggrey S. Semeere, MB,ChB., M.Med (Int.Med), MAS, FCP (ECSA)

Leads the Prevention, Care and Treatment Program

Lacey N. Ahern

Program Director of Global Partners in Care, USA

Hajjati Safiina Museene Ph.D.

Commissioner Health Training Institutions at the Ministry of Education and Sports Uganda

Prof. Turner Suzanne

Lead at EU Marie Curie FANTOM PhD training programme

Dr. Andrew Katumba

Lecturer, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Makerere University

Dr. Richard Kabanda, MPH, MBA, PhD, F.A.I.P.H

Commissioner Health Promotion, Education and Health Communication, at Ministry of Health, Uganda

Grace Nayiga

Executive Director at the Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANET)

Prof. Francis Ssali, MBChB, MSc, DTM&H, MMed, FCP(ECSA)

Deputy Executive Director; Research and Clinical Services of Joint Clinical Research Center (JCRC)

Dr. Henry Ddungu

Senior Consultant (Hematology-Oncology) at Uganda Cancer Institute

Dr. Oyoo Charles Akiya

Commissioner of Health Services-Non-Communicable Diseases at the Ministry of Health

Gertrude Nakigudde

Gertrude Nakigudde defeated breast cancer 21 years ago, a co-founder and a Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Women’s Cancer Support Organisation (UWOCASO).

Dr. Naghib Bogere

Medical Oncologist at Uganda Cancer Institute

Dr. Solomon Kibudde

Program Director for the UCI Radiation Oncology fellowship at the Uganda Cancer Institute.

Prof. Edus Houston Warren, MD, Ph.D

Program Head Global Oncology Program, Fred Hutch

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