ABOUT US

Action Kibogora was formed to support the redevelopment of the Maternity and Neonatology wards at Kibogora Hospital. All funds donated to Action Kibogora will go towards this project with no deductions for administration or management. The charity is run by volunteers who have a passion to see this unacceptable situation at Kibogora rectified.

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The average bed occupancy in the maternity ward was 158% during 2017/18 and this has increased to 162% in 2018/19, meaning that it was necessary that even more women had to share a single bed before and after the delivery of their child. The existing wards were built in the 1970’s and were designed to have 25 maternity beds but now the ward has 37. This results in the beds being less than 30cm (12”) apart. The situation in the neonatology ward is similar with an occupancy rate of 110% for the year 2018/19, meaning two sick infants having to share an incubator. This is far from ideal but there are no other options until we can build the new ward.

Action Kibogora 2020 update.

The ever growing demand for Maternity services has stretched existing resources to breaking point and the Maternity and Neonatology services are in crisis. The average bed occupancy was 162% during 2018/19. Two women forced to share a single bed before and after the delivery of their child. Neonatology occupancy 110% in 2018/19, resulting in two sick infants having to share an incubator, 50% more beds in maternity than the ward was originally designed for resulting in serious overcrowding.

Work has begun in preparing the site for the construction. Your financial support is urgently needed to enable this project to be
completed.

Action Kibogora has had designs prepared for a new Maternity ward and neonatology unit which will increase the number of maternity beds for 37 to 90 and provide 39 neonatology beds plus an additional operating theatre.

The new facilities will include inside flush toilets and showers with multiple hand washing points throughout the wards.

These new wards will greatly improve the quality of care for both mothers and babies and will provide an environment in which trainee midwifes can be mentored.

The cost of providing these new wards is estimated at £1.3million (US$1.7million) the construction will be done in two phases.

1. Site/ground preparation and retaining walls £514,000 (US$687,000)
2. Building Construction £787,000 (US$1,050,000)

We are urgently seeking donations for this work therefore if you would care to donate please go to the “Donate” page, we welcome all donations large or small.

Kibogora Hospital is a rural hospital of 274 beds located in Southwest Rwanda on the shores of Lake Kivu. It serves a population of approximately 250,000. Kibogora is also a referral centre with a team who are responsible to train, monitor and evaluate 13 outlying health centres and health posts.

The hospital provides surgical, general medical, paediatric, maternity and neonatal services with an extremely busy outpatient department. The support facilities include X-ray, laboratory, HIV/Aids testing and treatment, dentistry, ophthalmology, physiotherapy and family planning clinics.

An important part of life at Kibogora hospital is provided by the Social Affairs department and the Chaplaincy. These departments provide palliative care and the basic social and spiritual needs of both patients and staff.

Rwanda is one of the world’s poorest countries and has great health care needs. According to Rwanda’s Ministry of Health there is only one doctor for every 20,000 people and 50 children per 1000 live births die before the age of five.

HISTORY

Kibogora Hospital has a rich history spanning over half a century, watch our short video below to find out more.

In 1942 Mr. Haley succeeded in obtaining a site from the government near the southern tip of Lake Kivu to establish the first Free Methodist mission station in what would become Rwanda. The site was known as Kibogora. By 1945, an orphanage, school and dispensary had been established. Two qualified nurses were working in the mission dispensary treating more than 200 patients per day, 95 students were in the school, and 27 school chapels had been opened in outlying areas.

There is no longer a large expatriate staff at the hospital, the management now being in the hands of Rwandan doctors. Medical assistance is provided by visiting specialists from overseas. Their stay may be for a month or a year, depending on the need and availability of the specialists. Julie Yerger is now the only  medical missionary living permanently at Kibogora.

In the 70 or so years the mission has been at Kibogora, the needs of the population have changed but not decreased. Poverty, malaria, AIDS and other debilitating diseases have a devastating effect on many lives. The need for additional funds to treat patients is never ending; the limited medical resources mean that many die who could be cured. The work started in 1942 goes on.

PROGRESS

You can make a difference, as you can see we have a long road ahead of us but every donation is a step closer towards our goal. To save the lives of mothers and babies in Rwanda.

 

 

Due to additional work and cost increases the budget has had to be revised. As at the 30th June 2022 we still need an additional  £70,000 or $83,000 to complete the project.

kibogora hospital and maternity ward

MATERNITY IN CRISIS


The average bed occupancy was 162% during 2018/19. Two women forced to share a single bed before and after the delivery of their child. Neonatology occupancy 110% in 2018/19, resulting in two sick infants having to share an incubator.

The current maternity ward has 50% more beds than the ward was originally designed for resulting in serious overcrowding.

Work has begun in preparing the site for the construction. Your financial support is urgently needed to enable this project to be completed.


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LATEST NEWS

October 2022

Great news the new Maternity and Neonatology ward has been completed and handed over to Kibogora Hospital!

On Thursday the 10th of November the Deputy Mayor, representatives of the Rwandan Free Methodist Church, Kibogora Hospital board and the Better Together committee plus other interested parties were given a tour of the new facilities. Then in a ceremony in Kibogora Hospital conference room I had, on behalf of the Better Together Partners, the honour of presenting Bishop Samuel with a package which included a set of plans, the Government issued certificates confirming the new building had passed all inspections and was approved to be used and most importantly a set of keys for the building. This officially transferred the ownership of the new maternity building to the Hospital.

In the coming days there will be further transfer of equipment to the new building. In early 2023 the Ministry of Health will be supplying a lot of new equipment which will enable the new unit to become fully functioning.

Action Kibogora in the UK and CAHO in the USA are extremely grateful to all the donors on both sides of the Atlantic who between them have given over £1,000,000 ($ 1,200,000) which has enabled the construction of this excellent new facility. This generosity will ensure a generation of new mothers will give birth without having to share a bed and will provide the staff with a greatly improved working environment which should lead to a greater level of care for mothers and their babies.

The construction of the ward was done in 5 phases,

  1. Demolition of existing laundry and kitchen and construction of replacements
  2. Excavation of the site and building retaining walls
  3. Pouring the concrete foundations
  4. Erection of the building shell
  5. Internal finishing.

At no time during any of these phases did we have more than 50% of the funds needed for completion. Yet by the time we were due to pay the invoice the money had miraculously appeared with enough extra to allow us to begin the next phase. This has been an exercise of moving in faith that the Lord would provide what was needed when it was needed. I admit I had some wobbly moments and some sleepless nights, particularly in the early part when it seemed likely we would have to stall the work until we had more money, but I was reminded of Jesus words in Matthew 8 “You of little faith, why are you afraid”. The result speaks for itself.

DONATE

We are extremely grateful for all donations made to support the work at Kibogora. We are happy to recieve donations by cheque in any currency. Donations made by credit or debit cards can be made securely in Pound Sterling, US Dollars or Euros.

 

Donations can be made with major Credit and Debit cards via Paypal. To use this facility please click on the "DONATE" button below.

We guarantee that 100% of all money received by the Kibogora Initiative is used at Kibogora in Rwanda. There are no deductions made for administration etc because the charity is run by supporters who give their time free of cost.

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