Kiwoko Hospital

is a community based hospital in Luwero district,  Uganda which aims to glorify Jesus and impart a definite Christian witness to the area.


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Churches Together in Oswestry District has been a supporter of Kiwoko Hospital for well over a decade. Kiwoko Christmas cards are marketed through CMS Ireland.

Kiwoko Hospital is a Christ-centred place for:

  • The healing of the whole person
  • The prevention of disease
  • The training of medical personnel
  • Working in partnership with individuals and institutions having similar concerns

In 1988 a young Irish Physician found himself at the scene of devastation of two civil wars, surrounded by evidence of recent genocide and the despair of people robbed of the means of rebuilding their lives. 

The beginning was humble - a clinic under a tree - but the seed was soon to grow and gradually, a modern hospital took shape. (Ian tells this dramatically in his book, 'The man with the key has gone'). The complex now includes:

  • adults' and children's wards
  • a T.B. ward
  • an Obstetric Unit
  • Operating Theatres 
  • Outpatient Building
  • a modern Laboratory
  • a Nursing School, and
  • staff accommodation.

Regular outreach clinics are held, including an AIDS support programme in the community.

From small beginnings the hospital now is a large and busy place. Serving a population of 500,000 people, some figures for 2016 include: over 8,000 admissions, 60,000 outpatient attendances, 3,000 deliveries and 12,000 immunisations.

Kiwoko Hospital is a community as much as a hospital.

The hospital is built on a strong Christian foundation, with evangelism and medical help going hand in hand. 

Patients contribute to the costs of their treatment, but in a rural area with much poverty this is often not possible and the ambition is that no patient should be turned away. 'Friends of Kiwoko Hospital' (Charity - Ref No:XN77395) tries to make up the shortfall in the annual budget - currently around £150,000.

The Hospital is also supported by other donors, such as: The ISIS Foundation, Compassion Canada, The Goshen Trust, Farmers Overseas Action Group, TBF Thompson, CMS Ireland and CMS UK.