Bwindi Community Hospital
Bwindi Community Hospital is a community based organisation operating in Buhoma, a village at the entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest.
It provides health care to some of the poorest people in the world, including the Batwa Pygmies who were displaced from the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest after it became a National Park to protect Mountain Gorillas. In this area malnutrition, malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and diarrhoea are the biggest killers.
Vision: A healthy and productive community free from preventable disease and with excellent health services accessible to all.
Mission: Giving holistic health care and life in all its fullness to the staff, patients, clients and visitors in the hospital and community
Bwindi Community Hospital (originally Bwindi Community Health Centre, BCHC) was founded by missionaries Scott and Carol Kellermann in 2003 and has since continued to grow in an attempt to meet the health needs of the community. It has expanded from a mobile outreach clinic under a tree to a Hospital delivering quality services in a range of specialties from Obstetrics to Malaria prevention, HIV treatment to Dental care, Malnutrition treatment to Family planning and X-rays to PMTCT.
The Hospital aims to serve the most under-privileged population in the area. The Batwa Pygmies have lived in poverty in scattered settlements since they were evicted from the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and they have particular health needs. The hospital also serves a variable number of tourists who come to Uganda for Gorilla tracking and the people who provide the infrastructure for the tourist industry.
Friends of Bwindi aim to support the hospital by publicising their work, helping to source grant funding opportunities and by supporting their fund raising projects. During 2009 we funded a poster project publicising public health issues and the services offered by the hospital.