The Uganda Color Run at MUST in the Fight Against Pediatric Cancer

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Global Health in partnership with Global Health Collaborative, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH) held the 3rd color run to raise awareness for pediatric cancer and nutrition on July 22nd 2017. Of the 600 people that bought tickets, more than 350 participated in the 5km run. It all started from MUST pharmacology grounds through Mbarara town and at every 1km there was a color station where participants were showered with color powder. The run was fulfilling for participants and it at times turned more interactive for those who did not brave running but walked.

Plate 1: The colour run in action

The Uganda color run started three years ago by James Mooney a high school student who had spent time with sick children in Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital and villages in western Uganda. He chose to help the dire situation by launching a 5km color run that has supported Natasha ward and the realization of the Pediatric Oncology unit at MRRH. The opening of pediatric oncology was a signal of augmented collaboration.

Opening the pediatric oncology unit at MRRH: Left to Right- Prof. Celestino Obua-Vice Chancellor MUST, Dr. Sarah Byakika Commissioner (planning) Ministry of Health, Dr. Celestine Barigye-Director MRRH and Ms. Pat Daoust-Interim Director-MGH Global Health on 11th May 2017

Through an online fundraising page, USD 31367 has been raised this year. This is a positive step in fighting against pediatric cancer in Uganda.

Left to Right: Ms. Pat Daoust-Interim Director- MGH Global Health and an MGH volunteer showing the  raised funds

MGH Global Health and Global Health Collaborative Uganda support MUST in various fields, through this partnership many international visitors that promote training, research and community engagement of the university are hosted at MUST. Take time off to visit the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, learn more how you can support this noble cause to fight against pediatric cancer and malnutrition in Uganda.