The mission in 2015 aimed at starting plastic surgery in the practice of the hospital, especially as for medications in ward. Over the years Cute Project has offered free training both theoretical and practical to local medical staff in the field of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Both surgical and medical activities were free and oriented to the specific needs of the population such as the treatment of severe burns, scar outcomes, facial malformations, cutaneous and subcutaneous pathologies,traumas and loss of substance in adults and children.
During the missions in Uganda, in 5 years, we have treated 391 patients with Reconstructive Plastic Surgery (figures of 2019 are missing) when Cute Project team stayed for an average time of 2 weeks each year.
The activities in the hospital are carried out in two operating rooms and wards of pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics, general medicine, a laboratory, a pharmacy, radiology.
Over the years, many patients from Uganda and Congo have been treated, some of them were refugees escaping from the conflicts still present in Congo.
After an initial period of collaboration and selection of personnel, we officially founded the group Cute Project Uganda Bruno De Benedetti, in memory of Professor De Benedetti, founder of Cute Project and professor of Polytechnic of Turin. We also planned to give financial support to this project, together with donations of communication and IT materials, as well as machines to make pressure garments for patients with burns.
Doctor Edris Kalanzi, from Uganda, specialized in Plastic Surgery in Italy and wanted to work in his country where he has been working for 12 years now at Mulago Hospital in Kampala. He travels all over the nation to treat above all children with hand malformations and labiopalatoschisis. He has operated over 1000 patients with lip and palate malformations so far. He has also travelled to Tanzania, South Sudan and Rwanda to treat his patients. He has collaborated with Cute Project since the beginning in his country and in Benin. He comes regularly to Italy thanks to a financial support especially granted to continue his training.
In Uganda the nurse Proscovia Nalukenge, nicknamed Proxy, actively collaborates with us during our missions in Fort Portal and has dramatically changed care practices as for burns in her hospital. She has started a dressing project with a team of nurses trained by her but following our guidelines in order to treat patients with burns appropriately. Besides, she takes care of patients treated with surgery, during and after our missions.