The view from the trail

Our three marathon runners tell us why they are running this epic distance and how their training is going. On Sunday 3 October 2021, Holly, Marian and Mandy will run the virtual Virgin Money London Marathon in Orkney, Herefordshire and Hong Kong – joining a record 50,000 participants who will run the traditional Virgin Money…

Summer news from Sight4Bwindi and a Covid19 update

As Uganda comes through it’s second wave of Covid cases we were pleased to hear that travel restrictions have been eased and continuing students have been returning to the Nursing School.   There have been 12 Covid positive members of staff. All hospital staff apart from those who had the first dose late, have now…

July Update and a tour of BCH

The lockdown within Uganda, announced on 6th June, was further strengthened on 14th  June, with curfew brought forward to 7pm, and a ban on all public and private transport both within and across districts, except where there is approval from local government. BCH is continuing to manage Covid cases locally as far as possible.  To date, there…

Happy Birthday BCH

BCH celebrated their 18th Birthday last month. Here is a clip of the cake cutting! And of course a party would be incomplete without dancing. Congratulations BCH!

Happy Easter

Easter has arrived and it is the rainy season in Bwindi. It’s breakfast time here but I imagine it will be time for ‘break tea’ at BCH. Break tea is an institution. Sweet milky tea and chapati part way through the morning is not to be missed.  When the rain stops the grass around the wards…

Time to reflect

This time last year my family and I were working in Bwindi Community Hospital, experiencing the challenges of living and working in a remote corner of East Africa and Coronavirus was as yet only a distant threat.  I recorded some early reflections: “Drums call me to work. Singing heralds the beginning of our working day. An…

Sight4Bwindi Winter Update

Happy New Year! I am happy to share with you positive news from the BCH eye clinic including a visit from Dr Simon Arunga, President of the Ugandan Ophthalmologists in December, who will support the introduction of tele-ophthalmology. Please see the news letter for a full report. Best wishes for 2021

The Big Dip 2020

REACH Bwindi took part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge for the first time this year. This is the UK’s biggest match funding campaign and runs during the first week of December. To raise money for the challenge trustees and supporters decided to swim outdoors every day for the week, in a ‘Big Dip’ challenge….

The Big Give Christmas Challenge!

REACH Bwindi is taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest match funding campaign where donations up to £1500 are doubled between 1st-8th December – it started at midday today! We are raising money to support the expansion of Community Health services at BCH. Currently the village outreaches mainly focus on maternal…