Kisiizi village is located in the south west of Uganda, in the Kigezi highlands. The village is between the towns of Kabale and Rukingiri each an hours drive away on dirt track. It is a beautiful region, close to the Virunga volcanoes which form the boundary between Uganda, Rwanda and Zaire.
The area is one of the most densely populated in Uganda. There is no industry and most people are subsistence farmers.
Originally Kisiizi developed as a flax factory, diverting water from the waterfall to produce hydro-electricity. The scheme failed, but in 1958 the site was re-opened by the Ruanda Mission as a hospital and subsequently handed over to the Church of Uganda. Kisiizi Hospital has the most reliable source of electricity in the whole of Uganda. This power has provided a unique opportunity for KISIIZI hospital and school to provide facilities not available to other rural areas. In 2010 the generator was increased and a subsidiary, Kisiizi Power, now supplies electricity to some of the surrounding valley.
The hospital has never closed to patients since it was opened, a testimony to God's faithful provision. Many staff have shown great dedication in service to patients who come from hundreds of miles, many traveling from beyond Mbarara the regional town 80 miles away. Although the Ugandan government has introduced free hospital care in some hospitals, there are still many extras to pay for and there are very few drugs. At Kisiizi the costs to the patients are subsidized and patients are not turned away if they cannot pay.
The hospital grounds house specialist surgical, maternity, psychiatric, and children’s wards as well as general medical buildings. New buildings are provided through charitable donations. Despite all this, beds are limited. In the new maternity block it is still not uncommon for there to be mattresses squeezed in on the floor, although the provision of a new Mothers waiting home by Kisiizi Partners (www.kisiizipartners.org.uk) on the hospital site should alleviate this. The excellent facilities encourage mothers to come to the hospital for care instead of risking complications at home and with no help nearby. However it is still a far cry from our modern health care systems. In recent years the hospital has been internationally praised for it's good standards. For more information see www.kisiizihospital.org.ug
Trustee Kisiizi Partners.