Bwindi Community Hospital & Nursing School
AKP Project Since 2004
AKP helps train nurses to bring health care to dozens of Ugandan villages
A perpetual shortage of nurses has had a serious effect on the impact of the Bwindi Community Hospital, a facility that literally began under a tree a decade ago and, with the help of AKP and the Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, has grown to a 112-bed facility providing health care for 40,000 patients annually. The dedicated staff also sends outreach teams to surrounding villages to ensure all people have access to health care and health education. Nurses are scarce in the region largely because they train in the capital city of Kampala and, after a year or two of rural living, return to their families in the city.
Today, the Uganda Nursing School Bwindi invests in promising local students who will be the region’s future health care workers. Since one in three students can’t afford to pay the $750 annual tuition, AKP and A&K guests have come together to provide scholarships to ensure the success of the school. In turn, this ensures that the people served by the hospital and surrounding villages have access to certified nursing school graduates who are from the region, speak the local language and understand local customs.
Walk to the Bwindi Community Hospital from Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp for a tour of the hospital and nearby nursing school. There, meet the students and explore their learning lab, where they are training to be skilled health care providers for the community.
A&K can include a visit to Bwindi Community Hospital on a Tailor Made Journey to Uganda. Contact our offices in Australia, the UK or the USA for assistance in creating an itinerary just for you.