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About the Hospital

asaikinCURE Uganda is a specialty teaching hospital that treats the neurosurgical needs of children with an emphasis on conditions like hydrocephalus, neural tube defects, spina bifida, and brain tumours. Located in Mbale, Uganda, it is Africa’s leading hospital for the treatment of these conditions.

Children in Uganda suffering from physical disabilities like hydrocephalus have little hope for a productive future. Left untreated, in addition to pain and suffering, infant hydrocephalus leads to significant brain damage, severe developmental delay, blindness, and ultimately death.

CURE Uganda is recognized as a global leader in a minimally-invasive, shuntless treatment for hydrocephalus. Developed by the hospital’s founding medical director, Dr. Benjamin Warf, this procedure combines endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) with a choroid plexus cauterization (CPC) to provide a safer, more sustainable solution than the use of a shunt. The hospital’s prestigious CURE Neuro Surgeon Fellowship Program attracts surgeons from all over the world.

CURE Uganda places an equal emphasis on physical and spiritual healing. The hospital has a highly trained team of counsellors who are available to talk and pray with patients and their families. To extend its reach beyond its central location, CURE Uganda regularly sends out mobile clinics to remote areas of the country to identify children for treatment and to follow-up with those who have already been treated.


CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda

Opened: 2000
Specialty: Neurosurgery
Annual outpatient visits: 7,530 (FY19)
Annual procedures: 1,530 (FY19)

Contact Information

Tel: 256-0-454-435273
Tel: 256-0-454-435356
Mobile: 256-0-772-778813
Fax: 256-0-454-435355
Email: [email protected]
[email protected]

Mailing Address:
PO Box 903
Mbale, Uganda

Package Address:

CURE Uganda
c/o AVSI
Plot 1119 Ggaba Road
PO Box 6785
Kampala, Uganda


Hospital Reception
Mon – Fri, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM



The International Foundation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF) has been a great partner in CURE’s efforts to eliminate untreated hydrocephalus in the developing world. Along with directly supporting CURE’s work, they also supply the shunts used for hydrocephalus surgeries in Uganda and our CURE Hydrocephalus & Spina Bifida partner treatment locations.

Smile Train

Since autumn of 2006, in collaboration with Smile Train, CURE has developed cleft lip and cleft palate surgical training programs in most of CURE’s hospitals worldwide. These programs not only provide surgery for children and counselling for them and their families, but also train national surgeons in reconstructive surgery.

Get Involved

Julie with a patient at CURE Uganda

Short-Term Opportunities

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Long-Term Service

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