Press Releases CURE Uganda Awarded $1.6 Million for Medical Equipment by USAID/ASHA

CURE Uganda Awarded $1.6 Million for Medical Equipment by USAID/ASHA

CURE Uganda Awarded $1.6 Million for Medical Equipment by USAID/ASHA

The new funding will allow the pediatric hospital to provide even more care to children suffering from life-threatening neurological conditions

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – October 26, 2022: CURE International (CURE), a Christian nonprofit that operates a global network of charitable children’s hospitals in low- and middle-income countries, has received a grant of $1,633,963 from USAID’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (USAID/ASHA). This funding, made possible by the generous support of the American people, will provide additional perioperative and biomedical equipment, allowing CURE Uganda to furnish its intensive care unit, surgical center, and diagnostics building.

“We are grateful that USAID has again chosen CURE as a partner to improve the lives of children in Africa. Specifically, this grant will allow CURE Uganda to heal even more children suffering from life-threatening conditions like hydrocephalus, spina bifida, and brain tumors,” says CURE President/CEO Justin Narducci. “USAID/ASHA’s continued investment in capital projects moves our mission forward to treat thousands of children in their time of need.”

Funding from this grant will allow CURE Uganda to equip four state-of-the-art operating rooms and a post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), ensuring that every child coming to the hospital has access to the latest biomedical equipment and technology. CURE Uganda treats more patients with hydrocephalus and spina bifida than any other pediatric neurosurgical hospital in the world. This past year, the hospital team completed a record 1,700 life-saving neurosurgical procedures while sharing the love of Christ with every patient and caregiver.

The grant will also allow CURE to scale up its ability to teach best practices in neurosurgery, including the innovative treatment for hydrocephalus, endoscopic third ventriculostomy and choroid plexus cauterization (ETV/CPC) procedure. This procedure was pioneered at CURE Uganda through its world-renowned CURE Neuro program and the innovative research of Dr. Benjamin Warf. 

In 2020, USAID/ASHA awarded CURE International $2.79 million in grants for improvements to CURE’s hospitals in Kenya, Niger, and Zambia.

 

 

About CURE International

CURE International is a Christian nonprofit organization operating a global network of eight children’s hospitals that offer charitable surgical interventions for children living with treatable disabilities. CURE hospitals provide life-changing care for children suffering from conditions such as cleft lip/palate, neglected clubfoot, bowed legs, burn contractures, spina bifida, brain tumors, and hydrocephalus. In addition to world-class clinical service, CURE ministers to the emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their communities. Since its inception in 1996, CURE has completed more than five million patient visits and 300,000 life-changing surgeries. For more information, visit https://cure.org/.

About CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda

Officially opened in Mbale, Uganda, on January 19, 2001, CURE Uganda is one of Africa’s leading pediatric hospitals for brain surgery and the treatment of neurological conditions. It provides minimally invasive endoscopic neurosurgical procedures and attracts surgeons from around the world to its prestigious CURE Neuro Fellowship Program. The teaching hospital consists of three operating rooms, an 18-bed intensive care unit, and 37 ward beds. Hospital staff complete approximately 1,700 surgical procedures annually for children with conditions including hydrocephalus, spina bifida, brain tumors, and other neural tube defects. In addition to world-class clinical service, CURE Uganda ministers to the emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their communities.