Dr Samuel Rwakasisi Guma was born on 2nd March 1974 and passed away on 8th December 2023 aged 49 years after a 2-year battle with colon cancer that he fought bravely and with quiet, unwavering dignity. Sam was a revered figure in the medical community known for his expertise in Cancer Management, TB treatment, HIV/AIDS management, Palliative Care and Sports Medicine.
Having laid the foundation of his education at Kitante Primary School, he continued to excel academically at Namilyango College and Ntare School, where his passion for medicine and sports began to bloom. He pursued his medical studies at Makerere University, where his dedication and commitment to both disciplines continued. He showed his unwavering dedication to improving and upskilling himself by adding the following qualifications: a Master’s Degree from the University of Limpopo, a Post Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care and Leadership from the University of Ohio, and a Master’s of Science in Palliative care and Hospice from Cardiff University.
Dr Guma’s professional journey took him through the bustling corridors of hospitals all over Uganda but especially Kampala and Mbarara. His unwavering dedication to patient care and his pioneering work in HIV/AIDS and Palliative Care touched countless lives, earning him widespread respect, admiration, and friendship. He worked at the following organizations amongst others before founding and leading Kawempe Home Care: Hospice Uganda, Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC), Mbarara and Reach Out Mbuya. He left his mark at all the places he worked at as a compassionate and diligent colleague. However, it was at Kawempe Home Care where his carer and passion combined to give him the best satisfaction. He started off working with people living with HIV/AIDS and expanded to palliative care and cancer management, which have been his enduring focus and passion. He served as the 2nd board chair of the Uganda Cancer Society from 2018 to 2022.
Beyond his medical prowess, Dr Guma was an integral figure in the world of rugby. His love for the sport was undeniable and was reflected in his active participation as a player, coach, and administrator. His pivotal role in reviving rugby in Mbarara sparks a movement that has since seen the growth of the game in the region and the formation of the Western Uganda Rugby Union (WURU).
His vision and leadership were instrumental in the formation and establishment of the Uganda Rugby Medical Society (URMS), a testament to his commitment to both health and sports. Dr Guma will be remembered not only for his professional accomplishments but also for his warm demeanor, infectious enthusiasm and unwavering compassion towards his patients, colleagues, and the sporting community. He leaves behind a grieving community of family, friends, colleagues, and patients who have been touched by his kindness, expertise, and indomitable spirit.
Dr Guma or Gumz/Dr Gumz as he was affectionally known by many was also a committed family man. He has been married to Eng Gloria Kibera Guma for the last 18 years and they have 4 lovely sons Gabriel aged 16, Gregory 11, George 8 and Gavin 3. He is survived by his mother Mrs Rose Rwakasisi and 5 siblings: Sheba Susan Lugemwa, Shadrack Magara, Carol Natukunda, Simon Kagaba and Sidney Kafuruka. 2 siblings passed on before him and these are the late Sarah Kaburungi and the late Samuel Basheija preceded him.
Dr Guma’s absence will be deeply felt but his legacy will continue to inspire and guide generations to come. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
There will be a Funeral Service at All Saints Cathedral Nakasero on Monday, 11th December 2023 starting at 10:00am and thereafter, Vigil will take place in Igorora – Ibanda District.
Burial will take place on Tuesday, 12th December 2023 at Igorora – Ibanda District starting with a Funeral Service at 11:00am.
MAY HIS SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE