Kabubbu Parish Health Centre

Providing health care is a cornerstone of the Quicken Trust’s drive to transform the lives of the villagers of Kabubbu in Uganda where AIDS, malaria and abject poverty had brought destitution and despair. The Kabubbu Parish Health Centre now treats over 25,000 patients a year.

There are nineteen members of staff including a resident doctor, clinical officers, nurses, midwives and a lab technician. Quicken supporters partner with staff. (Partner With a Nurse)

The Centre opened in December 2003 with the help of funding from Unicef and BA. Before its construction, sick adults and children and expectant mothers had to travel six miles to the nearest government health clinic at Kasangati. This frequently led to maternity complications and even deaths.

Primary medical treatment is free for partnered children at Kabubbu’s schools. It is provided at a discount for other villagers. Partners in the UK provide essential funds for medicines, malaria treatment and even operations. (Partner With a Nurse)

Watch: Interview with Nurse Susan

The Kabubbu Parish Health Centre has established links to healthcare professionals in the UK – notably at Mildmay Mission Hospital in east London. Uganda’s health ministry and district health experts have told the Quicken Trust they are keen to see more links to organisations and individuals in UK to help supply health care.

Facilities available at the Centre include:

This is Amina. In January 2006 she became the first baby to be born at the Kabubbu Health Centre. There were complications with delivery. Without the centre and a midwife on hand, she may not have survived.
  • Maternity Services – including a 5-bed delivery room
  • Antenatal and family planning
  • Operating theatre
  • Postnatal and a young children’s clinic
  • Immunisation – both on site and in the community
  • Counselling and HIV/AIDS care
  • General outpatients department
  • An ambulance to transport emergency cases
  • Establishing maternal and child health care on site
  • Spreading health care information to the community
  • Establishing HIV/AIDS care on site
  • 20 inpatient beds
  • Dental services

Touching Lives, Making a Difference

The health issues facing rural Uganda are stark as this snapshot illustrates:

Uganda UK
Population 40.4m 66m
Life Expectancy 58 85
Infant mortality (per 1000) 61 (aged 0-5) 3.8 (aged 0-5)
Population living with HIV 1.5m estimate 94,000
Death from AIDS per year 64,000 1,000

From the outset, Quicken Trust had three goals for the Health Centre

  • Establishing maternal and child health care on site
  • Spreading health care information to the community
  • Establishing HIV/AIDS care on site

Childbirth has been a traumatic experience for many Kabubbu mothers in the past. Ugandan state healthcare can be chaotic: equipment failure is common; staff may be absent; mothers in labour may haemorrhage on the floor while someone who can pay jumps the queue for a caesarean. (Partner With a Nurse)

Malaria remains Uganda’s biggest killer, claiming around 100,000 lives a year. Malaria and AIDS have devastated hundreds of families around Kabubbu. With the help of Unicef, a malaria control programme has begun.  (Project Partnership)

The aim is to supply a mosquito net to every person in Kabubbu. They will also get a bed and mattress so the net can be hung effectively and the person protected from mosquitoes.

The Kabubbu AIDS Centre

The AIDS Support Centre opened in 2009. Built in association with Mildmay Mission Hospital in east London, it provides specialist support to over 1,000 AIDS victims. (Welfare) It was formally opened by Uganda’s vice president, Edward Ssekandi, in 2010. The Centre has been the focus of campaigns to improve AIDS awareness in the community.

Irene’s Story – A Miraculous Tale

Sometimes in Kabubbu, Quicken sees things that cannot be easily explained. Irene’s story is one example of such Divine intervention in a hopeless situation.

After her father died from AIDS, Irene was diagnosed with HIV. She was two. She frequently had fever and skin problems. Drug treatment began but her immune system remained weak.

In her teens, Irene and her mum, Enid, decided to fast and pray. Weeks later, at Irene’s quarterly check-up, doctors could find no trace of the AIDS virus. Drug treatment continued but the next two check-ups produced the same result.

Amazed, doctors declared her free from HIV. All skin problems had gone. The name of her church? Amazing Grace Miracle Valley Church!!

A Unique Blessing?

Kabubbu Parish Health Centre can boast of one facility that is rare in rural Uganda – it has its own ambulance. The first vehicle was provided in 2006 by Rotary International, the Rotary Club of Eastbourne and the Rotary Club of Rubaga in Uganda.  A replacement was provided by a personal donor in 2015.

The ambulance brings people to the centre from outlying areas and ferries more serious cases to larger clinics or hospitals. It plays a crucial role in the immunisation programme because health staff can travel to people’s homes to administer vital jabs. (Project Partnership)