Scott and Carol Kellermann arrived in Uganda in 2000 to conduct a medical survey of the Batwa pygmies. Their findings were alarming. But through their vision and your support, a region is being transformed.
The Kellermanns’ survey of the Batwa pygmies unveiled a forgotten people group with no land or permanent homes. More than one-third of their children died before they reached the age of 5. Malaria and malnutrition were rampant.
Other people groups in the area also were faced with poverty and poor health. Throughout the region, virtually no medical care was available for 100,000 people, most of whom had to walk long distances to get help for preventable diseases.
The Kellermanns moved to Uganda, lived among the people, and started a clinic under a ficus tree. From there grew Bwindi Community Hospital and extensive public health programs.
The 112-bed full-service hospital is ranked among the best in Uganda. Its services include medical and surgical care, a colorful pediatric ward, a neonatal unit for premature or sick infants, demonstration gardens, a Waiting Mothers’ Hostel where expectant mothers can stay before giving birth safely at the hospital, and much more.
Community health programs bring mobile clinics to remote settlements, treat local residents, and educate all local citizens about the value of good nutrition, prenatal care, and how to prevent diseases, including malaria and HIV/AIDS.
Kellermann Foundation donors provided program support toward the following accomplishments (2015):
- Made high quality, low cost healthcare available to over 120,000 residents in the hospital’s service area, a remote region of southwest Uganda
- Provided safe delivery of 100-120 babies each month
- Treated an average of 2500 outpatients and 100 adult inpatients per month
- Enrolled 38% of Bwindi residents, about 7 times the average rate in Uganda, in eQuality health insurance
- Treated 1,200 children and immunized all babies born at BCH
- Conducted school health outreaches reaching 6,000 students, 12 radio talk show programs with messages about HIV/AIDS prevention, teenage pregnancy prevention, and sanitation/personal hygiene
- Completed community health outreach to 14,735 people monthly, using 500 Village Health Team members
- Expanded on the community alcohol rehabilitation program
- Reduced severe acute malnutrition by 6% and increased malnutrition screening in the hospital to 73%
- Improved on response time for surgical emergencies to less than 10 minutes