E.R.I.C. Cancer Initiative Uganda


Over the last 20 months E.R.I.C. has taken root in Uganda. In just a year and a half, we have educated over 30,365 women and girls in reproductive age on breast cancer risk factors and breast self-examination techniques. Our team is comprised of 7 incredible women and a growing network of partners including the Mukono regional hospital and are members of the Uganda Cancer Society.

Welcome To E.R.I.C.
Cancer Initiative Uganda

E.R.I.C. Cancer Initiative is a Not to profit organization that is registered as a company limited by guarantee with Registration number (80020003948069) operating in the whole of Uganda with its head office in Mukono district along Katosi road just behind Hilton Secondary School-Zion campus, plot number 411.

E.R.I.C. Cancer Initiative was founded by Early Recognition Is Critical (E.R.I.C.) in October 2022 as a chapter in Uganda.

We are committed to creating awareness about breast cancer and breast self-examination techniques for early recognition of the disease in communities in Uganda and thereby influencing positive lifestyle changes and healthy seeking behaviors around breast health amongst women and girls of reproductive ages.

Since inception, E.R.I.C. Cancer Initiative Uganda operates in the Northern and Central regions of Uganda with a desire to expand its services to women and girls in the Eastern, Western parts and East Africa at large.

Cancer Burden in Uganda

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, and Uganda is no exception. Breast Cancer is the second leading cancer among women in Uganda, with thousands being diagnosed each year. (Female cancers registered were 18,578(56%) and male cancers 14,601(44%) statistics from Cancer Burden Uganda 2017-2020 released by UCI).

Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men, touching the lives of loved ones, friends, and communities worldwide. E.R.I.C. Cancer Initiative aims to raise awareness about breast cancer in Uganda and we believe that everyone deserves access to quality cancer care, regardless of their status or location. Despite this, many Ugandans lack access to cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and palliative care.

About the Uganda Chapter

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Our Vision

To save lives by early recognition of breast cancer

Our Mission

To prevent and respond to breast cancer by raising awareness towards early recognition being critical in breast cancer management. We foster this through awareness creation, partnerships for patient support and capacity building.

Our Goal

To contribute towards the reduction of breast cancer burden amongst Ugandan women and girls of reproductive ages by ensuring a knowledgeable population and positive response towards early recognition of the disease.

What We Do

We provide free breast cancer education, screenings, and follow up support to the women of Uganda. We do this following a 40-20-40 Model explained below:

40% Education and Outreach

  • Survey the community to assess current state of breast cancer awareness
  • Conduct Seminars with Village Health Teams as ambassadors of change
  • Conduct health education sessions using breast cancer teaching aids

20% Screenings

  • Demonstrate and teach the breast self-examination technique for early detection of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
  • Organize medical camps in partnerships with other stake holders to provide diagnostic screenings.

40% Follow Up Support

If someone needs follow up support after the screening findings, we provide it through;

  • Linking victims to health care systems to achieve continuum of care.
  • Partnering with community lead organizations to provide other care.
  • Routine follow up by E.R.I.C. team to assess management process

Our Core Values

Our Team

Jamil Kisubi

Uganda Program Director

Ruth N. Mugenyi

Projects Manager

Damalie N. Musoke

Projects Coordinator

Abago Jesca

Finance and M&E Officer

Shakira K. Kiyingi

Social Media Manager

Sharita Nanyonjo

Wakiso Projects Coordinator

Jovia Nabatte

Mukono Project Coordinator
Group of school girls in Uganda.

Get Involved

If you are interested in supporting E.R.I.C.’s Cancer Initiative Uganda, there are many ways to get involved. You can make a donation, volunteer your time and skills, or simply help spread the word about the organization’s important work. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against cancer in Uganda.

Success Stories

On 18/11/2022 during a breast cancer awareness training in Mengo local council 1 Mpunge sub county Mukono district, I was diagnosed with three small immobile lamps in my left breast just after the axillary, with mild pain on deep palpation. I experienced irregular episodes of pain in the very breast though did not give it…

Harriet Nyinamwiza

I am Nakatongole Lydia a resident of kikubankima-nasuuti, Mukono district. am a breastfeeding mother with a baby of one month, 22 years old with one kid. For years, I had a swelling in the breast which was painless, and so I never minded it. Later during pregnancy, it gave me severe pain and restlessness, until I…

Nakatongole Lydia

As a highly educated individual, I never thought I would be susceptible to cancer. But when I was diagnosed with skin cancer, I realized how wrong I was. It was only through my knowledge and understanding of cancer that I was able to seek the right medical care and take proactive steps to prevent the…

Sara B, Mukono

Contact Us

Mukono District Uganda

+256 704046768


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