Kalungi Medical Center
Kalungi Health Centre is located in the suburbs of Lukaya Town Council, Kalungu District, formerly part of Masaka District. It is located about 100km from Kampala, along Kampala–Masaka highway, 4km from Lukaya town.
The Medical Centre was established in 1988 by Dr. Kizza Peter with the purpose of alleviating the poor health conditions in the catchment area. It was the only private medical facility in the sub-counties of Bukulula, Lwabenge, and Lukaya Town Council servicing a population of about 150,000 people.
Having started in a small dilapidated structure, which also housed Peter’s family, tremendous improvements have been made at Kalungi over the years, but there is still a great deal to accomplish.
Together with our partners, organizations and willing individuals our goal is to have a fully equipped clinic that can provide more and better services. Like many other rural African areas, extreme poverty, taboos and traditional beliefs are not uncommon leading to endemicity of many curable diseases.
The people in the area are living in absolute poverty and can’t afford to pay for the basic health cares services.
The situation is further complicated by the HIV/AIDS pandemic which has had a crippling effect on the community.
The nearest hospitals are about 20 miles away from Kalungi, unfortunately it is common that some medical, surgical and obstetric emergencies referred to these distant hospitals die before arrival to the destination.
Having started as a small dispensary the facility now diagnoses and treats a myriad of ailments including but not limited to;
Malaria, Pneumonia, Diarrheal diseases,Worm infestation, Skin infections, Nutritional supplementation for the malnourished.
Injuries, Antenatal services and deliveries, Immunization of common childhood diseases like polio, measles, T.B, whooping cough, Tetanus, Diphtheria and hepatitis B.
The facility also provides basic laboratory services,School and home visiting, HIV counseling and testing, Minor surgeries like Incision & Drainage, suturing, Dilatation & Curettage.
In 2011 the Clinic was a warded a license to begin a nursing school and now boasts over 100 nurses in training. An amazing accomplishment but given the students inability to pay an additional burden and resource that needs to be funded externally.
To help with the Medical Center please check out the Medical Center Category in the shopping basket, if you would like to learn more about nurse sponsorship please click HERE and we will give you more information and an opportunity to sponsor a specific student!
The population we serve is mainly made up of people who are living in abject poverty and cannot afford appropriate fees for treatment, forcing the facility to always have to reduce treatment costs to very low rates. This forces dependency on outside help and hampers our ability to become self sufficient.