Bwindi Community Hospital
Bwindi only open its doors as a hospital in 2003.
It is positioned close to the Bwindi Impenetrable forest to have access to the Batwa people who were displaced from the forest when the government decided the gorillas should be the only primates allowed to live there, regardless of the impact on the people displaced.
This location means that the hospital is literally at the end of the road to the forest, which does not facilitate access to the rest of the district. The hospital does gain support from tourists who come to visit it, while coming to go on a trek to see the gorillas.
Bwindi Community Hospital has a strong community focus and a vision to create a healthy community in the district, so they are keen to be out in the community with both preventive and curative services.
Kagando Hospital is a well-established Church of Uganda Hospital in the west of Uganda near Kasese. It is not far from the border with the DRC. The hospital was started in the 1960’s and has grown and developed over the years.
They have two nursing staff trained in psychiatry and are wanting to increase the effectiveness of the mental health care they provide.
Kisiizi hospital is a long standing hospital in southwest Uganda near Kabale. It was the first of the Church of Uganda hospitals to start a mental health service in 1998, and to have an inpatient service for those with mental illness.
They have a provided a good mental health service based on admission to the ward but so far have not been able to develop much work in the community as they would like.
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust (CWP)
CWP staff have been working with the mental health staff at Kisiizi since 2010 on a multi disciplinary basis. This has included staff visiting in both directions and learning from each other. Staff from UK have been impressed by how much can be done with relatively few resources, and the consistently warm welcome all patients receive whenever they come to the hospital. The challenges and expectations are different in our two countries and the visitors have enjoyed the inter-cultural exchanges.
Diversity Travel is supporting the new community mental health programme at Bwindi Community Hospital over the next three years, working closely with Jamie’s Fund.
Diversity Travel is an award-winning travel management company, based in Manchester, UK . The company, founded by Ugandan-Asian Harish Sodha, has worked helping charities to do their vital work around the globe for over 30 years. To mark Diversity’s landmark tenth anniversary, the team wanted to find a way to help people with mental illness in rural Uganda.
They are excited to work with Jamie’s Fund as they appreciate both the crucial work we do, as well as the transparency in the way funds donated are used directly by the hospital.”