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

Help support Lorna with fundraising

28 November 2023|

Please support Lorna - she lives near us and is planning to undertake this challenge for C100 in March 2024. Dr Oli Penney "Based in Herefordshire, I have recently retired from a lifetime in nursing, throughout my career I [...]

Update on Power Project

1 November 2023|

Earlier this year fundraising had stalled and we did not have enough funds to complete the hydro project. The trustees had to consider alternative ways of achieving the original aim of the project, which was to provide Kagando Hospital with [...]

Supporter’s Day

14 October 2023|

This was the first real live Supporters Day since the pandemic and was a resounding success.  Our guests of honour were Canon Uzziah, Executive director of Kagando Hospital, and his wife Penninah whose two week visit fortunately coincided with [...]

Supporting the children’s ward

1 May 2023|

Dr Oliver Penney, one of the Trustees at The Friends of Kagando is about to cycle 66 miles (including rather challenging 5000ft climb) to raise money for the C100 fund. This is a Friends of Kagando fund that subsidises the [...]

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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