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Ernest Cook Ultrasound Research and Education Institute

Welcome to the leading Medical Imaging Institute in Africa

Ernest Cook Ultrasound Research and Education Institute, (ECUREI), the only one of its kind in Sub- Saharan Africa, is the leading center at tertiary level in the training of Ultrasound, Medical Imaging and other health-related courses. It was the brainchild of Prof. Michael Kawooya, the current Deputy Principal, after undertaking a Masters’ Degree of Medicine in Radiology.  Prior to that, in 1997, Prof. Henry Stuart Kasozi, the current Principal had obtained an Ultrasound Fellowship with Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia USA at the time when both Ultrasound services and Training were non- existent in Uganda.   Collaboration with Prof. Barry Goldberg of Thomas Jefferson University, USA followed and resulted in the donation of an Ultrasound machine to train Trainers in Uganda. Two Fellowship scholarships for Trainers at the Jefferson Ultrasound Research and Education Institute (JUREI) were offered in 2001.

 An affiliation agreement followed and was signed between ECUREI and Thomas Jefferson University.  It resulted in the establishment of a Centre of Excellence in Ultrasound Training in Uganda, Africa.  Thus, ECUREI was born and housed in Mengo Hospital.  This was also followed by the launch of the Ordinary Diploma in Ultrasound (ODU) by the President of Uganda HE. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in June 2002.    In the same year, ECUREI began to offer Radiology Services to Mengo Hospital, one of the oldest hospitals in the country.  This marked the beginning of the second arm of ECUREI service provision. ECUREI has since distinguished herself as the leading ultrasound medical imaging service center in Uganda. The 2 arms, service provision and teaching / training work reciprocally; giving students hands – on experience, while providing Medical imaging services at Mengo hospital. 

In 2007, ECUREI was nominated as the World Federation for Ultrasound and Biology (WFUMB) Centre of excellence of Ultrasound training in Africa.  ECUREI has since grown from a single Diploma to 15 programs; Certificates, Diplomas, Bachelors and Masters in Medical Imaging/Radiography, Biomedical Sciences, Health care Humanities and Research, all worldwide marketable medical courses with high paying job prospects.

Vision

We strive to be an example of excellence in healthcare training, research and service delivery.

Mission

To provide outstanding healthcare training and evidence-based medical services on the African continent

Core Values

  • Professionalism
  • Result Oriented
  • Open mindedness
  • Management of time
  • Innovativeness
  • Self-development
  • Enthusiasm

Accreditation

We are registered as an Institute of Higher Learning by the National Council for Higher Education in the category of ”other degree awarding institutions

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Affiliations

  • ECUREI is affiliated to Jefferson Ultrasound Research and Education Institute (JUREI) of Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia USA.
  • ECUREI is also the regional Centre of Excellence (COE) and teaching site for the World Federation for Ultrasound and Biology (WFUMB). WFUMB is a World Health Organization (WHO) body at the helm of the Ultrasound practice.
  • ECUREI is also affiliated to Kampala MRI Center and the University of Vermont.
  • Mengo hospital, one of the oldest Mission Hospitals in Uganda is the practical teaching site that offers skills training to ECUREI students