My Time at the Uganda Cancer Institute by Stacy

I was able to spend my 1st few days in Uganda at the Uganda Cancer Institute working with a pharmacist, pharmacy technicians, doctors, nurses, and medical students. For my first two days there I worked in the outpatient pharmacy with their pharmacy technician Michael. He helped me learn their process for record keeping, medication dispensing, writing chemotherapy orders for the mixing room, and patient counseling. Prescriptions we received varied from chemotherapy to malaria treatment. There was never a point in the day that there was not a line of patients, so it was very busy. Although they have a small selection of medications, everything they fill is free for the patients. If we did not have it in stock, we would send the patient to another pharmacy where they would have to pay for the medicine. I counseled some patients on how to take oral morphine, bowel regimens, and different antibiotics.

On my first day there I also went to a research presentation on cisplatin-induced ototoxicity. It was great to see an example of the research projects their master’s students are completing. In the meeting everyone gave constructive feedback on how to improve her project.

On my third day there I had the opportunity to go into the mixing room and actually make chemotherapy for the inpatient ward and infusion center. In the picture I just got done mixing some cyclosporine for the infusion center. Their pharmacist Benjamin has worked hard to get their chemo room up to high standards, as you can see it looks identical to what we have in the US.

Stacy in Chemo Hood
Later on that day I was able to meet up with Dr. Kayaja and his medical team to finish rounds in the solid tumor inpatient ward. I participated with the medical students to stage a new patient’s cancer and choose her chemotherapy regimen, as well as learn about different patient cases.

On my last day I was able to work with Dr. Victoria in their outpatient clinic. Here I learned a lot about Kaposi’s Sarcoma since about 60% of the patients that came in that day had it. She also had some patients with breast cancer, leukemia, Burkitt’ s lymphoma and Wilm’s tumor. In the clinic I was able to help calculate chemotherapy doses and provide information about side effects. My short time at UGI was a great learning experience. I hope some day to come back to see all of the people I have worked with that have become my friend, learn more, and help to advance patient care.

We brought pill boxes to donate to the Uganda Cancer Institute- Benjamin will use them to dispense medications to the in-patients.

We brought pill boxes to donate to the Uganda Cancer Institute- Benjamin will use them to dispense medications to the in-patients. Pictured: Jeff, Vivian (Mulago Hospital Pharmacy Intern), Stacy, Pharmacist Benjamin, Nikko

About kbohan

Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Binghamton, NY USA
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6 Responses to My Time at the Uganda Cancer Institute by Stacy

  1. carol acacio says:

    Thanks for sharing and the pictures also

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Debra Prelewicz says:

    Very impressive Stacy. It looks like you are really learning and giving back a load of information.


  3. Denise in Michigan says:

    Very informative entry! Not TMI, but just right!


  4. Toni Ardo says:

    Awesome Stacy. Keep up the good work. Love the feedback. Very informative. I love that you, Jeff and Nikko had this wonderful learning experience.


  5. Your experiences in Uganda offer a world wide perspective on medicines and treatment. Thank you for sharing.


  6. olga says:

    Stacy what you are doing is nit just exciting but so useful.. the cultural piece is nothing you will ever learn in a book.. I am so proud of you and all your accomplishments… What a wonderful woman you turned out to be… Stay safe and I hope I get to see you when you get home and hear all of your adventures … Will keep checking in.. 🙂 .. xoxo Olga 🙂


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