Maranatha Health is an Australian & Ugandan not-for-profit organisation that is committed to raising health outcomes, empowering the poor, and making positive, lasting change in Uganda.

Maranatha Health is an international organisation, registerd as a charity and governed by a Board of Directors in Australia. It has two operational 'arms' - Maranatha Health Uganda (MHU) and Maranatha Health Australia (MHA). Maranatha Health Uganda is also overseen by a local Board of Directors, in accordance with Ugandan law.


  • Registered Trading Name of NGO: Maranatha Health
  • ATO approved ancillary fund name: Maranatha Hospitals Aid and Development Fund Australia
  • ABN: 34 290 264 644
  • Registered office address: 2A Bretwalder Ave, Leabrook, South Australia 5068
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  • Phone: 0449 965 757
  • Website:

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Maranatha Health Australia

Maranatha Health is an Australian-based aid and development agency incorporated as an association in South Australia, overseen by our Board of Directors. Maranatha Health is a registered charitable organisation and has established an ATO approved tax-deductible ancillary fund named ‘Maranatha Hospitals Aid and Development Fund Australia’. Funds raised in Australia are transferred to Maranatha Health Uganda to resource the project, together with local income.

Our Directors are compassionate individuals committed to working towards a more just and equitable world. They bring a diverse and impressive range of knowledge, qualifications and experience to Maranatha Health Australia.

Our Australian Board members:

/assets/image-cache/Freund%2C%20Julie.1c2a8254.jpg JULIE FREUND (Chair)

Julie brings a range of skills in administration, marketing, and experience in governance. She currently works in a private secondary school in a community building, events and marketing role. She also assists with running an electrical engineering consulting business. Julie has a qualification in library and information management. 

While her family was young, she became involved in volunteering in supporting community groups as a way of connecting with others outside the home. These experiences led her to serve on the governing councils of playgroup, church committees, school and professional committees. As Secretary or Chair she has become actively involved in the strategic planning processes and responsibilities of governance. She enjoys meeting new people, learning about different organisations and working together to achieve a shared vision. 

Together with her husband, she has supported various mission and ministry opportunities in Africa, and particularly in Uganda. She has supported the Maranatha Health vision from its inception.

/assets/image-cache/Lidija_ed.b3562149.jpg LIDIJA RUCKERT (Treasurer)

Lidija has over 15 years' experience in the banking and finance sector across departments from Global Markets and Treasury, Institutional Banking, and Customer Operations. Over the past 7 years she has been responsible for leading large teams across the wealth management arm of the Westpac group. Her key responsibilities are to operationalise large projects and legislative change, manage strategic partnerships, and lead the national talent program. Academically Lidija has completed two undergraduate degrees and continued with post-graduate studies in Applied Finance. She is an accredited PROSCI change manager and is LEAN Silver Belt accredited. Lidija has studied in Beijing China and has experience with mentoring international students and refugees.

Lidija has travelled extensively and is passionate about utilising her technical skills and knowledge to support the work of Maranatha Health. Lidija is incredibly proud to be part of a team committed to lasting and sustainable change for the people of Uganda.

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Susan has over 10 years experience working as an Occupational Therapist throughout Australia, and has completed a Masters of International Public Health and an additional Masters of Health Management. She currently works for Flinders University within the post-graduate Clinical Rehabilitation program.

Susan has travelled extensively, and has completed some voluntary work overseas in the field of global health, including the World Health Organization course ‘Integrating the Management of Childhood Illnesses’ in Honduras, which involved setting up health clinics for children in under-resourced regional areas; and an internship with the World Health Organization in the Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, within the HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Viral Hepatitis (HSV) programme.

Susan strongly supports the vision of Maranatha Health and considers it a privilege to be involved as a member of the Board.

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Joe is a junior doctor working at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, with aspirations to undertake Physician Training, meanwhile maintaining engagement with organisations that have a positive impact in the developing world. He has a passion for public health and medicine in the third world, drawing him to seek the opportunity to work at Maranatha Health, Uganda, for a four-week period in 2016. Through personal connection with Christian mission organisations, involvement in student global health groups and visits to several grassroots health development projects in Africa, Joe has developed a desire to see the disparity bridged in access to health care in the developing world.

Joe shares in the vision of Maranatha Health and is honoured to serve the organisation as a member of the Board.

/assets/image-cache/DSC06181.46bc1959.jpg GARRY HODGE

Garry was employed in the Banking and Finance sector for 46 years until his retirement in 2016. From 1996 he worked for a major Bank in Wholesale Banking, responsible for managing a unit, as Head of Repo, Australia. As well as building and managing a client base, he also established and maintained relationships with clients and stakeholders both within and outside the Bank. During this period Garry was Chair of the Australian Financial Markets Association Repo Committee for a number of terms.

Garry has had involvement in administration on Church or denominational committees for many years, and, until recently, was Chair of the Diaconate of his local church, as well as serving on a denominational Audit and Risk Committee.

He is keenly interested in the values and activities of Maranatha Health, and has been involved in fundraising and financial support since its inception.  

Maranatha Health Uganda

Maranatha Health Uganda is governed by a local Board of Directors and Articles of Association. The Ugandan Board ensures that Maranatha Health Uganda meets Ugandan NGO requirements, and is controlled and owned by representatives from Western Uganda.

MH Uganda Board members

Collectively the Board members have given time, resources, and their expertise to develop the mission of Maranatha Health Uganda. Most of them have extensive experience in either the health or development sectors. Many have degrees or postgraduate qualifications, and all have shown over time their integrity and commitment to social justice, driven by their faith.

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Partnership with GDG

Maranatha Health (Maranatha Hospitals Aid and Development Fund) is proud to be a partner for 'J704N Maranatha Capacity Building, Uganda' with Global Development Group (ABN 57 102 400 993), an Australian NGO approved by the Minister for Foreign Affairs (as administered by DFAT) to carry out quality humanitarian projects with approved partners and providing aid to relieve poverty and provide long-term solutions.

Global Development Group takes responsibility of the project according to DFAT rules, providing a governance role and assisting in the areas of planning, monitoring, evaluating and auditing to ensure the projects are carried out to DFAT requirements.

Global Development Group





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