Be part of a new approach to health care in Uganda.

Our reason for being

The people of the Bukobero community, in the Bududa District of eastern Uganda, are working to build a new, much needed Health Center III. It will replace one destroyed by a mudslide in 2010.

For years people of this community have had to walk miles to reach health services or use their limited resources to pay for transportation. Sometimes, they don’t or can’t make it and illnesses go untreated and babies are delivered alongside the road.

A Health Center III will provide critically needed maternity care, including deliveries, plus primary care, laboratory services, and much more!

Children, like Elizabeth Habuya, will finally have local health services so they can continue to grow into healthy, productive adults.

You can help this community realize its dream!

Elizabeth Habuya
Meeting of the CBO team

What is being done?

 In 2018, the Bukobero community began to turn its dream into reality.

They established a Community Based Organization (CBO) which has been incorporated and registered with the government as a governing body. An active community engagement process has been taking place in the local villages and trading centers. During this process, the community identifies its assets, goals, and leaders for projects.

Land has been purchased out of the slide zone. Organizational and management structures are in place. Building plans have been completed, the land has been cleared and graded, $175,000 raised, and construction is expected to start in August 2022. 

The CBO management team meets regularly with local and district level government agencies to assure compliance with all health, safety, and environmental regulations.

Why is this health centre different?

It will be owned and operated by the community it serves. In Uganda, most clinics are owned by either the government, non-governmental organizations, or are private for profit. It is rare to have a community operate its own health centre.

The community is involved every step of the way. Over 80 volunteers dug 700 meters of trenches to install the newly completed gravity-feed water system.

The facility will also incorporate innovations not often seen in rural clinics, such as electronic record keeping. It is also designed to have an open air second floor which can be used for vaccination clinics and health education. Eventually, when money allows, this floor will be enclosed to provide more clinic space. And, sustainability is being built into the plans with income generating businesses being developed to support the clinic.

The community is committed and is looking to the future when health care will be available for all!

Digging the Water System Trench

The Need

Many children in Bukobero suffer needlessly from easily preventable childhood diseases, such as Gift Namasopo, who has rickets.

Rickets is commonly caused by a nutritional deficiency, primarily calcium or vitamin D. When bones lack these minerals, they become soft. It can easily be treated but there has been no local clinic for Gift’s parents to seek advice.

Now, with the Bukobero Community Health Centre, Gift and other children like her can receive the treatment they need.

                  You can help!

Gift Namasopo