Welcome to the CHURCH OF UGANDA Kisiizi Hospital web site

kh logo” Life in all its fullness” John 10:10

In January 2016 we were delighted to welcome Mrs. Helen Davies, wife of the late Dr. John Davies who had served as Medical Superintendent in Kisiizi from 1967 – 1977.  Helen came with her daughter Bronwen and friends Dr Shek and Peace Masiko.

Helen & Bronwen DaviesDr John Davies

The photo shows Dr John Davies with a group of nursing staff at Kisiizi.  It was good to remember his key contribution during a politically difficult period in the history of Uganda and we thank God for the faithfulness of John and his colleagues that stood firm under pressure and ensured the establishment of Kisiizi.

Articles from Kisiizi are published in a range of newsletters and journals.  Here are a few:

Lancet Jan 16 letter

Letter to the Lancet medical journal from the Medical Superintendent Kisiizi in response to series on Faith Based Healthcare

Letter to Lancet January 2016



MMN News front page Winter 2015

Medical Missionary News Winter 2015 includes article on the annual CMF Developing Health Course

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DHC MMN article

Transformation p1 UPMBUPMB Newsletter Nov 2015 “Transformation – addressing the underlying causes of disease and illness”

Transformation – UPMB newsletter 11-2015



*  World Health Organization report 2014  “Universal Health CovUHC titleerage and Patient Safety & Quality”

Kisiizi Hospital is one of only five worldwide institutions invited to participate in the WHO Learning Laboratory that led to this report.

WHO Report on UHC / PSQ 2014




See further Kisiizi linked publications


STRATEGIC PLAN 2015-2019 APPROVED – click on this link to see the Kisiizi Hospital 5 year Strategic Plan


Church of Uganda Kisiizi Hospital is situated in  south-west Uganda, between Kabale and Rukungiri. It is in the Kigezi highlands and is about 5,300 feet above sea level.  Kisiizi provides a wide range of medical services to a large area with patients travelling many miles to access care. It is a beautiful area with a magnificent waterfall. Kisiizi Waterfall and Bird-life

One of the themes of Kisiizi is Care for the Vulnerable…  this little girl came to Kisiizi with severe malnutrition causing swelling of her body as seen in the two photos on the left.  After a couple of weeks she was transformed…

transformation PEM cropWe have many departments and do a lot of surgical procedures for which patients will travel long distances.  The service is 24 hours and the photo shows a team helping a young child who has inhaled a seed or bean and has severe respiratory distress:

theatre teamIn addition to its clinical work, Kisiizi has a number of other activities:

  • Kisiizi Hospital School of Nursing – with around 200 trainee nurses and midwives
  • Kisiizi Hospital Primary School – with around 350 pupils including boarders
  • Kisiizi Hospital Community Health Insurance Scheme – with over 35,000 registered in an area stretching up to 60 kilometers from the hospital
  • Kisiizi Hospital Power Limited – generating hydro-electricity for the hospital and the local community
  • Kisiizi Hospital Child Sponsorship Programme – with 610 orphans receiving educational and health support


Our new Chaplain, Rev. Joshua & Mrs. Jocelyn Bwebale

Our new Chaplain, Rev. Joshua & Mrs. Jocelyn Bwebale

biochemistryUP A GEAR:  The lab has been significantly upgraded… click to see more:  Lab Upgrade

As part of our strategic plan to develop services for patients, we have now commenced upper gastro-intestinal endoscopy.  This procedure involves the passage of a flexible scope to visualise the oesophagus (gullet) and stomach.  It is important in our community as there are large numbers of patients with persistent dyspepsia symptoms.  Many are due to ulcers but some to stomach cancer which, if picked up quickly, may be successfully treated.

As we develop such clinical services we are seeking to also upgrade support departments and so are delighted with the progress in the laboratory.  We are also seeking to refurbish some of our clinical areas including our Maternal & Child Health Welfare clinics which are housed in a very old building which is in urgent need of renovation.

new mattresses

new mattresses

We are grateful for Kisiizi Partners and other friends who support us in a variety of ways.

We recently received new mattresses for Children’s ward from our friends in Chester and have some new foetal heart detectors from the Rotary Club of Dorchester Casterbridge in England.

ANC FH check

A midwife checks an expectant mother to ensure the baby’s heart is regular and not too slow or fast. She is using one of the new Foetal Heart detectors donated by Rotary Club Dorchester Casterbridge.

These help our midwifery team clearly identify the heartbeat of babies still in the womb to monitor progress in ante-natal clinics and in the labour ward.


RTA opd wait area

urgent triage and stabilisation of road-traffice-accident victims… see our post MAJOR DISASTER…




skullFrac smile This youngster had been knocked down by a speeding motorcycle and sustained a fractured skull.  He arrived unconscious and required surgical intervention to elevate the bone.  We are delighted with his progress and thank all our Staff who worked so hard and all those supporters who helped with equipment such as the oxygen concentrator shown here that allowed us to help him recover.

MWH resting

Patient resting in one of the bays of the new Mothers Waiting Home

Read more about the Mothers’ Waiting Home







Friends of Kisiizi Day was held once again at Greyfriars Church in Reading on June 28th and proved a very encouraging and positive day. There was a good turnout of supporters with a wide range of interests in different aspects of Kisiizi life… for example small group topics included Hydro-electricity generating and the Goat Project!

Supporters of Kisiizi mental health services

Supporters of Kisiizi mental health services

lunch group

Dr. Philip Haynes interviews staff who have recently worked as volunteers in Kisiizi

Dr. Philip Haynes interviews staff who have recently worked as volunteers in Kisiizi

Click here for Feb 2014 Kisiizi Update news

Annual Report Kisiizi Hospital 2012-2013 Annual Report KH Power Ltd 2012 KH min5

Patient mobilising in our Rehabilitation Unit


Patient mobilising after surgical fixation of fractured tibia

The hospital has never closed to patients since it started in 1958 which is a testimony to God’s faithful provision. Services have continued to expand with specialist Consultants in General Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, General Medicine and Paediatrics.  Kisiizi has now been recognised for training intern doctors. Kisiizi is the only hospital in Uganda to be part of the first wave of the World Health Organization Africa Partnerships for Patient Safety scheme and has also been invited to participate in the new WHO Surgical Unit-based Safety Programme in liaison with John Hopkins University in USA. WFtur1 Kisiizi is part of the wider ministry of the Church of Uganda North Kigezi Diocese based in Rukungiri and a member of the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau network.