Maranatha Health began with a dream to improve health care in an under-resourced part of East Africa. With incredible support and energy from people in both Australia and Uganda, two entities were formed: Maranatha Hospitals Aid and Development Fund (Maranatha Health) as a funding, governance and resourcing body, and Maranatha Health Uganda as the in-country delivery partner organisation.
In 2011 founders Dr Michael and Kimberley Findlay established Maranatha Health Uganda’s first project centre in Kamwenge District, Western Uganda. The centre included out-and in-patient services, a community development hub, and acted as a referral centre for the district. Maranatha Health Uganda quickly became well known for its high-quality services, which were much in demand.
In 2015 a new centre in Fort Portal, Kabarole District was established, with a focus on children and strengthening the broader health system. Current services include a paediatric clinic, village health education and advocacy programs, and a clinic capacity building program. Over thirty Ugandan staff are supported by 1-2 expatriates from Australia and the UK.
In Australia, Maranatha Health has grown from strength to strength, supported at both Board and staff levels by exceptional people from many walks of life. The organisation employs two part-time staff, and relies on a team of committed and highly skilled volunteers to ensure that the work in Uganda is well resourced, and robustly researched and supported.