Kansai Plascon Uganda donates paint to Uganda Cancer Institute children’s ward

In an important contribution to the community and support for pediatric cancer care, Kansai Plascon Uganda, the country’s leading paint manufacturer, has generously donated paint to rehabilitate the children’s ward at the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI). This donation is part of Plascon’s ongoing commitment to corporate social responsibility and giving back to the communities in which it operates.

The handover ceremony, which took place on Friday 24 May 2024 at the Uganda Cancer Institute, was attended by key stakeholders including representatives from Kansai Plascon, Uganda Cancer Institute, Uganda Childhood Cancer Foundation (UCCF) and CG Engineering Consultants. , who will carry out the remodeling work.

Santosh Gumte, CEO of Kansai Plascon Uganda, expressed his company’s dedication to supporting health and wellness initiatives. “We are honored to be part of this initiative to improve the environment where children receive critical cancer treatment. At Kansai Plascon, we believe in giving back to our communities and hope this renovation will have a positive impact on children’s healing journey.”

Dr. Jackson Orem, Director of the Uganda Cancer Institute and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Uganda Childhood Cancer Foundation, highlighted the importance of the donation. “This generous contribution from Kansai Plascon will significantly improve the atmosphere of our children’s ward, making it a more welcoming and comforting place for our young patients and their families. “That support is vital in our mission to provide cutting-edge cancer care and create an environment conducive to healing.”

The Uganda Cancer Institute, located on Upper Mulago Hill Road in Kampala, is a public healthcare facility in partnership with the Ministry of Health. It focuses on research, training, consultation, prevention and treatment of cancer in various specialties, including Pediatrics, Oncology, Gynecology, Radiotherapy, Surgery and Pharmacy. The institute maintains an inpatient center with a capacity of 80 beds and cares for an average of 200 patients daily. UCI is affiliated with Makerere University Faculty of Medicine and Mulago Hospital Complex, providing a strong platform for medical education and research.

Mr Moses Echodu, Program Director of Uganda Childhood Cancer Foundation, also expressed his gratitude. “Support from Kansai Plascon is part of the power of partnerships to improve the lives of children fighting cancer. “The new environment with a fresh coat of paint will help provide psychosocial support through play therapy, reading and other activities that are crucial to the well-being of our patients.”

Mr. Charles Gavamukulya, Team Leader of CG Engineering Consultants, shared his insights on the renovation process. “Our team is excited to start working on the transformation of the children’s pavilion. This project is not just about painting walls; it’s about creating a space that fosters hope and healing for young patients. We thank the institute and the foundation for their trust in us to carry out this important project.”

The history of the Uganda Cancer Institute dates back to 1965 and originated from a meeting in Kampala focused on the treatment of Burkitt’s lymphoma. The institute began as the Lymphoma Treatment Center (LTC) in 1967 and has grown to include several cancer research and treatment facilities. Despite challenges, including political instability and economic decline, UCI has continued to serve as a model of cancer care and research in the region.

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