Dr. Birungi, The Medical Superintendent-Bwindi Community Hospital receiving the STARS Impact Award in London
Bwindi Community Hospital (BCH) has been selected as the 2011 STARS Impact Award recipient in the category of Health by the STARS Foundation. Eight organizations across the Africa/Middle East and Asia/Pacific regions were selected for an Award from 976 applicants across 60 countries.
The award ceremony is due 24th Nov 2011 in London and two representatives from the hospital were invited to attend.
“At BCH, it is our pleasure to be associated with the STARS Foundation and being winners of the STARS Health Impact Award 2011. Our hearty thanks go to the entire foundation staff for having considered BCH for this prestigious award that, I believe, will take us to another level of health care delivery,” says Dr. Birungi Mutahunga, Medical Superintendent.
Bwindi Community Hospital (BCH) was founded in 2003 by Scott and Carol Kellermann. It had its beginnings as an outreach clinic operating from under a tree. Now, in the past 8 years, it has grown into a 112-bed hospital offering a range of excellent health care services to a local population of about 100,000 people.
“I would like to congratulate you and everyone at Bwindi Community Hospital on your achievement again and I very much look forward to seeing you in London for our Awards ceremony on the 24th November,” quoted from an email that Samia Zoued, STARS Foundation wrote to the Medical Superintendent BCH.
The STARS Foundation (STARS) improves the lives of disadvantaged children around the world by supporting organisations which meet their health, education and protection needs.
This award provides a package of support comprising;
- US$100,000 of unrestricted funding – Giving recipient organizations the flexibility to respond more effectively to the challenges they face and to the needs of the children they serve
- Tailored consultancy support – Offering recipient organizations access to training or skills and helping them to maximize the benefits of their Award
- Media training, content and access – Providing recipient organizations with the tools and opportunities to use the Award to enhance their profile
- The hospital’s budget for the year 2011/12 is US$762 350 and the $100,000 unrestricted funding from the STARS Foundation will be used to finance the gap in the budget in 2012 and 13 of the Child Health access program. This will enable us extend child health services to a third sub-county called Kanyantorogo which will increase the number of beneficiaries from 12,000 children to 20,000, thereby reducing child mortality rates to 33/1000 by 2014.