Mildmay Uganda was Mildmay’s first international programme, opening in Kampala in 1998 as a Centre of Excellence for provision of comprehensive HIV & AIDS prevention, care, treatment and training services
Since then, it has grown to be an organisation with a reach of nearly six and a half million.
Mildmay Uganda is now an independent hospital and healthcare nonprofit with its own Trustee Board.
Elizabeth Ward in Mildmay Uganda Hospital
Elizabeth Ward is entirely supported by charitable donations here in the UK
It costs £10 per child, per day, to provide the inpatient care these children need.
These services are FREE to the patient and their family.
In 2020 thanks to your generosity, Mildmay UK was able to provide £12,000 in funding to Elizabeth Ward.
Please help us give more this year to support this essential facility.
Mildmay UK provides annual funding for Elizabeth Ward in the paediatric care centre of Mildmay Hospital, Kampala. This is the only facility in the region providing high-quality care to children with the most complex cases of HIV-associated health conditions.
Elizabeth Ward treats over 500 children a year from underprivileged families who require specialist care.
Children are admitted to Elizabeth Ward with conditions such as HIV, tuberculosis, meningitis and malaria.
Once a child has been admitted to Elizabeth Ward they are able to access emergency food supplies and basic materials to ensure they are not repeatedly readmitted. Caregivers are trained to build and encourage support within the home, assess and ensure the child’s well-being, protection and education. They make sure the child attends vital clinic appointments and takes their HIV medication.
There are also around 1,500 indirect beneficiaries including family members, communities and partners, who are reached with HIV prevention and information which can then cascade down to the community as a whole.
Betty was just 16 years old when she died at Mildmay Uganda’s paediatric inpatient unit. The children who come to Elizabeth Ward are often perilously close to death – in Betty’s case it was pulmonary tuberculosis.
“They come when they are completely wasted and, of course, some don’t make it,” says Harriet Nakanja, a nurse at the unit.
Mildmay is able to offer acute paediatric palliative care to ease the suffering of its young patients.
Many get better and return home; those, like Betty, who are too sick to save, receive the very best end of life care.
It is care that is simply not available elsewhere in Uganda.
“Mildmay taught me that being born with HIV is not a death sentence. I want to show the world how to live positively with HIV,” says Cate Nakidde.
Cate was operated on for abdominal TB, but after recovering in the Mildmay paediatric inpatient unit, she is once again a healthy, bubbly girl.
Now 15 years old she is a leading light in Mildmay Uganda’s Noah’s Ark children’s choir.
Support Elizabeth Ward by donating to our Uganda Fund
You can donate online using the 'Donate now' button. Or you can send us a cheque, specifying that you would like your donation to go to the Uganda Fund, and made payable to Mildmay Mission Hospital to:
The Charity Office
19 Tabernacle Gardens,
London E2 7DZ
30-year Master Plan
In 2017 Mildmay Uganda launched a 30-year Master Plan that will see their health centre evolve into a fully-fledged modern not-for-profit teaching hospital offering quality health care and training as part of her contribution to the national goal of universal access to health care.
The Plan will strategically position Mildmay Uganda to contribute towards ending the HIV epidemic through the presidential fast- track initiative on HIV and AIDs in Uganda.
Mildmay Uganda's impact at a glance
Over time, Mildmay Uganda has evolved and diversified its services specialising in delivery of comprehensive healthcare including:
- Treatment Services
- Health Systems Strengthening
- Other Complementary Social Services
- Health Training and Education
History of Mildmay Uganda
Mildmay’s work in Uganda started in 1993 following an invitation from the Government of Uganda.
Dr Veronica Moss (then the Medical Director of Mildmay) said: “I was attending a conference on paediatric AIDS in Edinburgh, Scotland, in September 1993 when I met Hon Manuel Pinto, MP for Rakai District, Uganda, and he said to me, "We must talk – I want Mildmay to come to Uganda.”
Mildmay Uganda's hospital was officially opened in September 1998 by Anne, The Princess Royal, and started receiving patients in October of the same year.
In 2007, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited Mildmay Uganda and its paediatric care centre. This was indicative of how significant the work done by Mildmay in Uganda had become.
During her visit Her majesty said: “Thank you Mildmay Uganda for the work and the remarkable example set in the provision of care and education for people living with HIV”
The President of Uganda, His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni, marked the 10th Anniversary of Mildmay Uganda with a special visit in October 2008, during which he unveiled the foundation stone of the centre’s new laboratory.
Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams visited Mildmay Uganda in 2010 to lend his support to the then-threatened paediatric inpatient unit.
Mildmay Uganda was registered as a local NGO in Uganda in September 2011 and is managed by a local Board of Trustees.
HM The Queen's visit to Mildmay in 2007
In 2007, Her Majesty The Queen visited the Mildmay Centre - opened by the Princess Royal in 1998.
At the Mildmay Paediatric Care Centre, The Queen unveiled a plaque for the hospital's new Elizabeth Ward, named in her honour.
Her Majesty later praised Mildmay's work in an address to the Ugandan Parliament, in which she declared:
"It is difficult sometimes, when the sorrow associated with this disease is so profound, to avoid a sense of despair. And yet there are growing numbers of people and organisations whose work gives cause for real hope.
Today I visited The Mildmay Centre, which sets a remarkable example in the provision of care and relief for those who are ill as well as in educating people about how to protect themselves and their families.
The role of centres such as this, which the Government of Uganda has done so much to encourage, will be central to achieving our common aim of controlling this cruel disease."
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