Who we are
Bwindi Community Hospital is a private, not-for-profit that was founded by U.S missionaries Dr. Scott and his wife Carol Kellerman under the Diocese of Kinkiizi, Church of Uganda way back in 2003. It began as an outreach clinic under a tree for the Batwa pygmies, who had been evicted from Bwindi Impenetrable forest when it was gazetted a mountain gorilla sanctuary.
However, it later turned out that their health needs were not any different from the general population where children and pregnant mothers were dying from easily preventable causes. This encouraged the growth of this small clinic to a fully-fledged hospital with 135 beds, giving birth to Uganda Nursing School and Uganda College of Health Sciences Bwindi to boost a depleted health workforce with top-notch health care workers.
BCH 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.Bwindi Community Hospital cares for more than 120,000 people living in the South Western corner of Uganda.
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.
A healthy and productive community free from preventable disease and with excellent health services accessible to all.
Christ-centred: Whatever we do, we aim at doing it all to the Glory of God. This is our mission, reliant on the concept of servant leadership, as a role model for Christian service, we are:
• Committed to serve the needs of others before self,
• Courageous to love and develop others irerespective of who or what they are.
Excellence: Excellence is the hallmark of the quality of services offered at BCH as enshrined in our vision. We shall always strive to to perform beyond ordinary standards as a whole.
Innovation: BCH shall at all times seek new ideas or novel ways of improving healthcare. For this reason, we promote research, integrated strategic planning and performance mangement all through.
Community Oriented: BCH promotes organizational strategies which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques, to proactively address community needs.
We are committed to;
• Collaborative partnerships between already existing community structures eg Bataka groups, local leadership, agencies including faith-based organizations and individuals, especially, VHTs to develop solutions to problems and increase community trust.
• The alignment of organizational management, structure, personnel and, information systems to support community partnerships and proactive problem-solving.
• Continually invite feedback from those served
Collaboration: We work with various partners so we can achieve maximum efficiency and effectiveness on our path of development.