Registered UK Charity 1177950
REACH Bwindi has been established by current and former UK volunteers from Bwindi Community Hospital and Uganda Nursing School Bwindi. We give grants to these and other suitable organisations which provide effective and accessible healthcare to the whole population (currently around 100, 000 people) in this part of Kinkiizi Diocese. We also have an active and ongoing professional involvement, via some of our trustees and volunteers, in various projects being run by these organisations or their partners. In both cases, this is in order that people may live their lives free from preventable disease, with affordable healthcare when they need it.
The overall object of REACH Bwindi is: The prevention or relief of poverty or financial hardship in South West Uganda by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient.
Trustees and Volunteers
Sarah is a General Practitioner in Scotland and a previous volunteer at Bwindi Community Hospital. She and her husband Kieran developed strong and ongoing links with the Hospital from their exploratory visit 2010, where future work was planned in line with the Hospital’s objectives. Her particular areas involved leading family planning courses and the multidisciplinary confidential enquiry into maternal and child deaths, teaching and clinical work. She loves the warmth, ethos, organisation and efficiency of the team providing essential healthcare through Bwindi Community Hospital, and now supports the it from the UK.
Ceri is a GP based in Sheffield. During her GP training she volunteered in Malawi for six months after studying for a diploma in tropical medicine. She worked as a GP for two years after qualifying and then moved to Uganda to volunteer at Bwindi Community Hospital. She was at BCH for two years from August 2015 until August 2017 through a partnership between the hospital and the Royal College of General Practitioners. Ceri feels passionate about the role that primary health care can play in improving health care in the developing world and about high quality healthcare being accessible for all. She feels privileged to have been part of the BCH staff. During her time at the hospital she witnessed innovative programmes and enthusiastic hard working staff which is leading to significant changes in the health outcomes of the local population. Ceri is pleased to be able to continue to support the hospital through the work of REACH Bwindi.
Andrew is an Operational Research Analyst. In course of his career, he has worked: for 5 years in the IT industry, developing systems for insurance companies and banks; for 17 years as a government analyst and manager of government analysts, supporting policy development and evaluation and operational management; and for the last 12 years as an independent consultant working, mostly pro-bono, with not-for-profit organisations and charities in the UK and East Africa. For the last 7 years, he has spent over half of his time as a volunteer at Bwindi Community Hospital, and most of his time in the last 5 years, working to build local capacity in a variety of ways, including efficiency and systems improvement, business planning and financial modelling, and developing local research capacity. He is married to a Ugandan clinical instructor.
Marian is a GP based in Herefordshire. She retired from her practice in 2016. Since then she has visited Bwindi Community hospital on a regular basis, working with local colleagues to develop youth friendly services. Over half the population of Uganda is under fifteen years old. Improving health outcomes and maximising the potential of this age-group chimes with the hospital’s vision of ‘a healthy and productive community free from preventable disease and with excellent health services accessible to all.’ Marian believes in providing quality primary care services tailored to the needs of the individual and it is her privilege to work with and learn from colleagues at BCH. She continues to support their work from the UK.
Holly is a GP based in Orkney, Scotland and a previous volunteer at Bwindi Community Hospital. Her particular areas of interests are chronic diseases, palliative care and teaching. She has maintained an enthusiasm for international work over many years and is passionate about working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals for health for all. She first visited Uganda when volunteering in the Mobile Hospice in Mbarara in 2008 and felt privileged to return with her family in 2019 for a year through the partnership between Bwindi hospital and the Royal College of General Practitioners. Working within such a motivated, compassionate team dedicated to overcoming the challenges of providing healthcare in a remote and low-resourced setting inspired her to continue to support their work from the UK.
Margaret is a GP, currently based in Oxford. In the past, she has worked in South Africa as a medical officer, and in East Africa in child protection. She was fortunate to be able to take a sabbatical and to go with her family to spend a year as a member of the team at Bwindi Community Hospital. Whilst there, she carried out clinical duties on the ward, but also spent time working with the hospital management to review the hospital’s child protection policies and procedures. She helped with the on-the-ground aspects of establishing a youth friendly service for young people in the area. She also took an interest in the management of chronic diseases in rural Uganda, and started a review of the services available, and how they might be made more accessible to the community. Whilst Margaret was busy with clinical work, her family were involved in the community life of the hospital and the local villages. The experience of being in Uganda has had a profound impact on all the family who felt hugely privileged to be part of this dynamic, creative and resourceful community. Margaret continues to engage in the work of the hospital from her base in the UK.