Friends of Kagando is a UK based charitable trust set up in 2003 and managed by a board of Trustees who are past long-term workers at Kagando or regular visitors.

The charity aims to support Kagando Hospital by raising funds, sending equipment and encouraging friends and colleagues working there by correspondence and visits.

The Friends of Kagando also provides support from people with clinical, technical, management, educational, pastoral and fund-raising expertise. A number of the Friends have previously had some involvement in Kagando Hospital through participating in a medical elective, building work, schools work and other charitable projects.

7th largest regional hospital in Uganda

Over 350,000 people rely on Kagando for their healthcare

Infant mortality rates now the lowest in East Africa

About Us


Kagando Hopsital is a 250 bed general hospital in the foothills of the Rwenzori mountains in Western Uganda, just 20km from the border with Congo. It serves a population of about 350,000 in a poor rural area where most people are subsistence farmers.


Friends of Kagando is a UK based charity which supports the Hospital financially as well as by prayer, communication and visits. We have also provided help with clinical, technical, management, educational, pastoral and fund-raising activities.

Electives and Visits

Kagando offers great opportunities for students to experience medicine in an African setting. Students from all over the world studying medicine, nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy have spent elective periods at the hospital, and qualified volunteers are also welcome.

Community Work

Kagando hospital developed to serve the community and an important aspect of this work involves regular outreach visits to surrounding villages. These include maternal and child health (vaccinations, antenatal and postnatal care), palliative care, mental health and health education.

News and Updates

Flood relief reaches affected areas from Kagando

14 June 2024|

The following report comes from Sr Rita Miller who has been raising funds for flood relief and channelling these through Kagando and Rwenzori Women for Health (RWFH) to reach affected people. https://www.justgiving.com/page/rita-miller-1715417880479 When there’s hunger and barely any food to [...]

Floods in Kasese District

10 May 2024|

News came yesterday (9th May) of terrible landslides in the Kasese area around Kagando caused by 12 hours of very heavy rain. So far we know of 13 people who have died, including 3 children in one family when their [...]

X Ray Machine

30 April 2024|

The X Ray machine at Kagando has done sterling work for many years but is now reaching the end of its life. As you can imagine, without access to X rays diagnosis and management of patients, particularly with bone injuries [...]

We are looking for a new Treasurer

30 April 2024|

We are looking for a new Treasurer for Friends of Kagando. Anna has been doing a brilliant job for several years, but it is time for her to move on. Ideally this person would be an accountant – possibly recently [...]

Solar Power Project

As it became clear that we did not have the funds to complete a Hydro-electric scheme at Kagando we began to look at alternatives. We now well on the way to installing a solar power system at the hospital, funded entirely by existing donations, which should be up and running by mid 2024.

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