Gilead Health Development Charity

Luwero Clinic; (more pictures in the photo gallery)

The clinic is situated at the 'African Outreach Academy' Primary School in Luwero, Uganda. This is a poor rural region which has suffered greatly over the years from war and disease. There are around 1,000 children at the school including 200 who are full time boarders, many are orphaned by one or both parents, but all of them come from poor backgrounds.


Our small appeal group started to raise funds in the spring of 1999 and by the following year we had sufficient funds to have plans drawn up for the building pictured above and to have it built and opened by November 2000.


Our main challenge, is to cope with the high number of Malaria cases in the area and to try and reduce the impact of this devastating disease which is still the one most responsible for deaths in Africa. We also seek to treat whatever else comes along which is illustrated in the table below. Recently there was a national Conjunctivitis epidemic in Uganda. The clinic was well placed to deal with  this to reduce suffering and the potential for more serious consequences resulting from this disease, such as blindness.

'Luwero' Clinic - UGANDA

This was our very first project of any description and began as an appeal to build a medical facility at the 'African Outreach Academy' Primary School, Luwero, following a visit to Uganda by firefighter John 'Nobby' Clarke to teach 'First Aid' in Feb 1999 and would later lead to the founding of .........    'Gilead Health Development Charity' in 2006


Rommie -  Welfare Officer

Nurse 'Gladys' 2000-2009

Nurse 'Christine - 2009 to date

Dr Gerald Kakooza - 2009 to date











 Wounds &

Skin Diseases

Eye Diseases






 2000 -


 No Data  No Data  No Data  No Data  No Data  No Data  1096  4439



 643  236  72  No Data  No Data  50  1011  5450



 748  611  161  154  25  130  1829  7279


to July

 331  167  52  48  70  47  668  7947


Te above gives an example of what our clinic deals with. As at Jan 2013 the total number treated has risen to just under 10,000.


Statistics alone never tell the whole story; The school has grown over the years from just over 400 to around 1300 children today, which has brought many challenges in terms of health care. We areproud that our staff have coped with the added pressures this increase has meant.




         'July 2010 Update' 

We live in a statistically driven culture here in the UK but that is not the case in Uganda. However we have slowly encouraged some analysis in order that scarce and expensive resources can be better allocated.


By way of an example; further analysis of the figures below demonstrated that those children who board at the school were at much greater risk of contracting Malaria than those who lived at home. The cause was identified and a major fumigation of that area took place leading to a massive reduction in new Malaria cases.


It needs to be understood that the number of pupils attending the school doubled from around 500 to 1,000 between 2007 and 2009, which somewhat makes yearly comparisons very difficult. These statistics also include teachers, staff and a few members from the local community. We will look to increase the capacity of the clinic to include more of the wider community as part of the self-sustainability vision we seek to meet from the completion of the Community Hall project.