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Empowering Medical Heroes: CURE Uganda’s Neurosurgery Training Program (CURE Neuro)

CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda (CURE Uganda) is at the forefront of pediatric neurosurgery. Every year, we perform more than 1,900 brain surgeries, saving the lives of children in sub-Saharan Africa who would otherwise go untreated.

One inspiring success story comes from Dr. Ahmed Nasir Abdirahman Omar, a neurosurgeon from Kenya with a Somali heritage. As a teenager, he knew he wanted to pursue neurosurgery.

CURE Uganda not only provides life-changing surgeries but also trains local neurosurgeons like Dr. Omar in advanced procedures like endoscopic third ventriculostomy and choroid plexus coagulation (ETV/CPC). ETV involves creating a new drainage path in the brain to help excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow out, while CPC reduces CSF production by stopping a specific part of the brain from making too much fluid.

Neurosurgeon Dr. Omar (right), CURE Uganda Medical Director Dr. Emmanuel Wegoye (center), and Operating Room Nurse Eric Nangoshya perform an ETV/CPC procedure.


After completing six weeks of training under the CURE Neuro program, Dr. Omar was so inspired by CURE’s compassionate care and the importance of ETV in treating hydrocephalus that he has decided to start a pediatric hydrocephalus program at the refugee camps for disadvantaged kids by the end of the year.

Our commitment to training and empowering doctors like Dr. Omar is essential in addressing the challenges faced in the region and improving healthcare outcomes for countless children.

About the CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda

CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda has been a place of hope since opening its doors in 2001. It is one of Africa’s leading pediatric hospitals for brain surgery and the treatment of neurological conditions. Our teaching hospital has an 18-bed Intensive Care Unit and 59 ward beds, three operating rooms, and an outpatient clinic. In addition to world-class medical care, our team ministers to the emotional and spiritual needs of our patients and their communities.

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CURE Uganda’s mission is to provide every child living with a disability the physical, emotional, and spiritual care they need to heal. If you have questions about becoming a patient or a partner with CURE, please contact us.