About Kiwoko Hospital
Kiwoko Hospital is a rural hospital situated in a jungle area of Luweero, 50 miles north of the capital Kampala. It was started by Dr Ian Clarke, a GP from North Down in 1987, after the civil war in Uganda. Currently hospital funding comes from patient fees (30%), the government of Uganda (8%) and from external donors (62%). The hospital has over 200 beds (medical, surgical, paediatric, and maternity), a neonatal intensive care unit, an outpatient department, a pharmacy, a radiology department and a laboratory.
There is a major focus on preventative health care with community health education, sanitation and immunisation a priority. Kiwoko Hospital also runs nurse and laboratory training schools. At present the hospital has 232 enrolled nursing students undertaking the nationally prescribed 2 ½ year course. It also has 57 students taking the 2 year laboratory assistants course. The hospital employs 410 clinical and non-clinical staff and is managed by Dr Rory Wilson (a GP from Bangor).
A Link with the South Eastern Trust
A link was initially established in 2006 between Kiwoko Hospital and the South Eastern Trust. Permission was granted for employees of the Trust to fundraise for Kiwoko Hospital, send equipment and arrange for teams to visit each year bringing particular skills, providing specialist training and encouragement to the staff. Kiwoko Hospital has been adopted by the Trust Chairman as his special charity. In the first few years several thousand pounds were raised. The effort continued and in 2010/11 we raised £36,000 bringing our total to over £100,000 at that time. Today in 2016 the total raised has passed the quarter of a million mark!
Every year a team of volunteers visit the hospital with the intention of passing on knowledge, teaching, initiating change or improving practice and techniques according to specific needs indicated by the Medical Superintendent. There is also the hope that when folk leave Kiwoko they will be keen to fund raise, and be an ambassador for the work we do here, because they have seen it first-hand and been touched by the work. In the last ten years SETRUST have been instrumental in the development of X-Ray, Microbiology and ICT Departments. In May 2015 Mark Kennaway received a commendation in the Queens Birthday Honours partially in recognition of the contribution to development of the ICT Department.
A Need for Ongoing Support
Kiwoko Hospital is hugely reliant on outside support. There is a lot of support for Kiwoko Hospital from Northern Ireland but the global credit crunch has made things very difficult for Kiwoko. The rising costs of fuel, food, drugs and salaries have led to the hospital running costs exceeding the received donations. Over the years the SETRUST have assisted with small building projects and the provision of large items of equipment, but the biggest need now and in the future is running costs.
If you would like further information with regards to Kiwoko Hospital or if you would like to donate, visit or support fundraising events then please contact:-
Dr Roy Harper – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Boyce – email@example.com
Mark Kennaway – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Mark Kennaway
Senior ICT Support Officer
South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
Home 6, Ulster Hospital
Dr Rory Wilson
PO Box 149
Tel: +256 782225655