Friends of Kagando Hospital, Uganda


Friends of Kagando is a UK based charitable trust set up in 2003 and managed by a board of Trustees who are past long-term workers at Kagando or regular visitors. The charity aims to support Kagando by raising funds and sending equipment and to encourage friends and colleagues working there by correspondence and visits from people with clinical, technical, management, educational, pastoral and fund-raising expertise. Administration costs are low. Transfers of accountable funds are direct to the leadership in Kagando. It maintains a newsletter mailing list and is always looking for partners and volunteers to support what we believe has become a ‘centre of excellence’ in Rural Uganda.

KAGANDO Rural Development Centre (KARUDEC) is a health care and education project managed by the Church of Uganda based around Kagando Hospital (250 beds).

Kagando lies in the South-Eastern foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains on a small West-facing hill looking out across a fertile valley, 20 km from the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and 5 km North of the Equator. On the other side the hill looks out towards the Western Rift Valley with the nearby Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Kizinga Channel linking Lake George and Lake Edward.
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The paediatric ward can be a busy and frightening environment for the children admitted. There can be upwards of 150 children on the ward in various stages of illness and it is very easy for children to feel lost in this kind of environment. We also have a number of children on the hospital site who accompany adult carers or patients. The 'Rainbow Room' play therapy group that run a play session for children every day has been a breath of fresh air at Kagando. It has certainly helped many to get better more quickly, as well as allowed children and their families to get closer to the staff that provide the excellent care at Kagando. Both sides get a better understanding of each other which only serves to improve the care given in the hospital. Long may it continue! ...