Born into a family of teachers in Uganda, Franklin is the youngest of 10 children. He spent most of his early years in hospitals with his mother as she battled breast cancer in a country where cancer was considered a low priority illness. This was 1994, in the heart of a civil war that ravaged Northern Uganda and South Sudan. While at St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor in Gulu, the rebel leader Dr. John Garang asked Franklin about his aspirations. At 6 years of age, Franklin knew he wanted to be a doctor. This was also the year that Franklin’s mother succumbed to the disease.
Franklin grew up and went to University in Uganda, working as a tour guide to pay his way through medical school. He earned his Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Community Health, with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, as well as a certificate in Project Planning and Management.
Today, Franklin is a family man with a wife and 3 children. His wife Ruth is a lawyer and was born a princess of the Tooro Kingdom in Western Uganda. Dr. Franklin dedicates most of his time to Jungle Medical Missions Uganda, a charity he founded with the aim of making quality healthcare available to everyone in Uganda. This charity treats underprivileged people in villages and slums for free, and sponsors mothers to receive free prenatal care, labor, and delivery services. He also works as a General Medical Practitioner at St. Mary’s Family Clinic, an upmarket private practice in Kampala.
If you thought Dr. Franklin wasn’t busy enough: he also owns a safari business called Wild Excursions Uganda, which makes the free year round community clinics possible. It is through this Safari business that Dr. Franklin met the Amahoro Children & Community Team. The ACCT partners with Jungle Medical Missions to put on free clinics where specialists from the US partner with Dr. Franklin’s team of local Doctors and Nurses.