Welcome to the CHURCH OF UGANDA Kisiizi Hospital web site
” Life in all its fullness” John 10:10
KISIIZI SEPTEMBER 2016 UPDATE LETTER
NEW PHOTO BOOK ABOUT KISIIZI
A beautiful book about Kisiizi has been produced by Travel Photographer Cecilla Guridi from Chile who spent two months in Kisiizi in 2015 and has captured a range of lovely portraits. Click on the link below for details and to see an on-line demonstration of the book:
Kisiizi featured in the World Health Organization website “stories from countries” following involvement as one of 5 hospitals in Africa in the Surgical Unit-based safety programme.
Click on the link below to open the article:
Other articles from Kisiizi are published in a range of newsletters and journals. Here are a few:
Letter to the Lancet medical journal from the Medical Superintendent Kisiizi in response to series on Faith Based Healthcare
Medical Missionary News Winter 2015 includes article on the annual CMF Developing Health Course
UPMB Newsletter Nov 2015 “Transformation – addressing the underlying causes of disease and illness”
Kisiizi Hospital is one of only five worldwide institutions invited to participate in the WHO Learning Laboratory that led to this report.
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
Kisiizi was put forward by the Uganda Ministry of Tourism for the United Nations World Tourism Organization STEP programme (Sustainable Tourism to Eliminate Poverty) which is funded by the South Korean government. Kisiizi Management and Board are keen to ensure that nothing is done to detract from the natural beauty of the waterfall and the area but having studied various plans believe that the developments will enhance the site and allow more people to enjoy this lovely location.
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…
We 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:
- 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
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.
We are grateful for Kisiizi Partners and other friends who support us in a variety of ways.
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.
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. 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.