Bwindi Community Hospital is a Church of Uganda (Anglican) Hospital under the Diocese of Kinkiizi. It is staffed by a team of 121. These include; doctors, nurses, midwives, other health workers and support staff. 70% of our employees are from within our catchment area and 30% are from other parts of Uganda.
A healthy and productive community free from preventable disease and with excellent health services accessible to all.
The staff and management collaborated together to produce this shared vision. The Hospital believes that prevention is better than cure, and that if a disease is preventable we should be out in the community trying to stop it from occurring rather than just treating cases as they come to us. However, when people do become sick, we aim to provide them with the high quality care they need.
At many other Hospitals in Uganda health workers are absent or have low morale, drugs are out of stock more often than they are present, and patients wait for hours in queues. At Bwindi Community Hospital, staff members are on duty 24 hours a day, we plan ahead so that no drug is ever out of stock, and we make sure all patients are attended to quickly. We strive to serve our patients well and to achieve excellence.
Accessibility for All is the most important part of our Vision. We believe that all people, rich or poor, have an equal right to access health care, and that those living high in the mountains need care just as much as those living next to the Hospital, which is why we send teams into the community on seven days a week.
Serving Jesus Christ through giving holistic health care and life in all its fullness to the staff, patients, clients and visitors in the Hospital and community.
At Bwindi Community Hospital, we believe all aspects of life are important, and so spirituality, health, happiness and relationships are all incorporated into the phrase life in all its fullness. In Uganda it is traditional to offer generous hospitality to visitors, so they are included in the family of people who we hope to extend this life to. Bwindi is a Community Hospital, and in everything that we do we need the support, the understanding and the actions of the community around us.
Bwindi Community Hospital (BCH) was founded in 2003 by Dr. Scott Kellermann an American physician working with the Diocese of Kinkiizi, who came to Uganda in 2000 to serve the marginalized population of the Batwa, the original forest dwellers of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in southwestern Uganda.
From open-air clinics under trees, the hospital has grown into a full-service institution, serving all people in its catchment area and many from across the country who come for its specialist services, including fistula and orthopedic camps.
Every year, the hospital conducts surgical /medical camps through which, over 30 fistula (leakages of urine or faeces through the birth canal) patients from different parts of the country get their fistulas repaired and 20 orthopedic(born problems) operated.
To meet the demand for the critical human resources for health, the hospital began Uganda Nursing School- Bwindi in 2013 with a vision of becoming an outstanding institution in healthcare training to solve health challenges in the community. Emphasis is on skilling the girl child and the Batwa who do not have a chance to continue with school after Ordinary level and thus resort to early marriages.
The school now has an enrolment of 287 students, offering diploma and certificate in Nursing and Midwifery.
Diploma in Nursing (Direct entry) is for 3years, while Diploma in Nursing or Midwifery (Extension) is taught over 18 months. Certificate courses in Nursing and Midwifery are taught for 2.5 years. In addition, Diploma students have an opportunity to do complimentary courses in sonography and Family Planning.
The hospital has a bed capacity of 120 beds and gets to see over 30,000 consultations throughout the year. We offers a number of services that include; Outpatient and Inpatient services, Child health, Maternal health, Community Health and Batwa, Dental health, Diagnostics and laboratory, Mental health, Chronic Care, Accident and Emergence services and HIV/AIDS and TB care.
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