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Hope Clinic, Rwentobo and Uganda

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With thanks to those of you who give so generously, Mission Rwentobo can support the work of Hope Community Clinic which serves a very poor rural community in Rwentobo, south-west Uganda. Your donations help meet the cost of essential equipment and maintenance of the clinic, and patient treatment provided by appropriately trained clinical staff, using the on-site dispensary for medicines. An affordable health insurance scheme is available which enables individuals and families to access a range of high quality healthcare not previously available to the community of Rwentobo. 

We are also grateful for generous financial support from the Souter Charitable Trust and the Acorn Trust.

Read below about the clinic, the community of Rwentobo and Uganda. You can also read about our story from our beginnings in 2014, and where we are now on the 'Our Story' page.


The Clinic

The clinic provides a number of services for the community, including:

  • Health Promotion
  • Family Planning
  • Antenatal and Post-Natal Care
  • Childhood Immunisations
  • Minor Injuries
  • Assessment for Acute Diseases such as malaria and typhoid
  • On-site lab tests
  • General Outpatient services
  • Inpatient Cases


Rwentobo is located in Southwestern Uganda in Ntugamo District. It is situated on main Kampala to Kabale Highway. The nearest town is Ntugamo which is about 31km away. Kabale, another major town, is about 40km from Rwentobo.

Basically, the population of Rwentobo is agro-based, with heavy reliance on subsistence agriculture and livestock rearing. Therefore, the primary source of income for the people of Rwentobo is the sale of surplus agricultural products such as matooke and animals such goats and chickens. Generally, the population suffers from poverty, injustice, abuse, ignorance and disease.

There are 4 High Schools in Rwentobo. The nearest Health centre used to be in Rwahi Trading Centre, 8km from Rwentobo, which provided limited medical services.  There is no tertiary education in the area. People travel to the nearby towns to access many facilities.

Therefore, Rwentobo Hope Community has transformed this large community with the provision of primary healthcare services and community outreach for Christ.   



Recent History

Uganda developed from the 19th century kingdom of Buganda, which was declared a British protectorate in 1894. Uganda became independent in October 1962. Milton Obote, leader of the Uganda People's Congress (UPC), was elected Prime Minister, with the Kabaka (Buganda monarch) as non executive President. 

In 1966 Obote moved against the Kabaka. A new centralised constitution stripped the kingdoms and monarchical institutions of their powers. In 1971 Obote was ousted in a military coup and Idi Amin established a brutal dictatorship lasting until 1979.  It was finally removed with military assistance from Tanzania. Hastily organised elections in 1980 returned Obote's UPC to power on a disputed mandate. 'Obote II' relied heavily on the support of the army and soon became embroiled in a savage guerrilla war against Yoweri Museveni's National Resistance Army (NRA). Obote was overthrown in an army coup in 1985. General Tito Okello established a short-lived military council but in January 1986, the NRA occupied Kampala and Museveni was installed as President. 1 million Ugandans had been killed by war; 2 million uprooted as refugees; 500,000 seriously injured and the economy was in ruins.

A key and controversial feature of Uganda's politics since 1986 was the so-called 'no party' political system, or Movement System.  Uganda's 1995 constitution provided for political participation and voting but prohibited political parties from sponsoring candidates. Through international pressure a multi-party system was introduced for the 2006 elections, with Museveni winning with 59% of the vote. (Museveni won 58% of the vote in 2021.) Recent elections have been marred in places by violence and intimidation of Museveni's main rivals. 

Key details and Statistics

(N.B. Some of the statistics below are estimates and all are subject to revision.)

Uganda is a land-locked country lying on the equator in central Africa. It shares borders with (South) Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya. 20% of the country is covered by inland lakes. The rest ranges through tropical rain forest to savannah with mountains on the western border. 

  • Area: 241,038 sq km (93,104 sq miles)  i.e. size of England & Wales
  • Population: approx 44 million (2018 estimate)
  • Capital City: Kampala (population approx 2 million)
  • People: Over 20 tribes - Baganda (17%), Banyankole (8%), Basoga (8%), Iteso (8%), Acholi and Langi, Small Asian and European communities.  
  • Language(s): English is the official language. Swahili and Luganda are widely spoken.
  • Religion(s): Christianity (84%) made up of Catholics =39%, Anglican C. of U.=32%, Other Protestant=13%; Muslim (14%) with some Hindu, Jewish and tribal faiths.
  • Currency: Uganda shilling (UGX) approx 4,500 UGX to the £1 (May 2022). However actual exchange rates obtained can vary dramatically!
  • Head of State: President Yoweri Museveni – since 1986
  • Major Industries: agriculture, the basis of livelihood for 80% of the population - coffee, tea, fish, fresh flowers, tobacco, mining, construction, manufacturing, textiles.
  • Main exports: Coffee, fish and fish products, tea, tobacco, cotton, corn, beans, sesame. 
  • Mortality rate: Under 2 = 3.9/100; Under 5 = 2.2/100; and declining
  • Life expectancy:  63.4 years.
  • Poverty: 38% of the population live on less than £1 (Sterling) per day.
  • Human Development Index: 159th in UN index, out of 187. (UK = 13th)  
  • Literacy rate: Male = 76%; Female = 58%

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