How to help

The development of the hospital, as well as the daily running of the hospital, is highly dependent on generous help of all origins, sizes and forms.

If you want to make a contribution to our work, there are a lot of different ways to act.

Donate Your Time:
Are you a professional doctor at any level of training wanting to serve for varying periods of time or maybe teach local people in a workshop?

  • Or are you a medical student and would like to do an elective or an internship in a well-supported environment?
  • Or are you interested in working in Kitovu as a volunteer (medical or non-medical)?
  • Are you looking for a Gap Year challenge?

In the past we have already hosted people with different qualifications from all over the world for different periods of time.

If you are interested in working in the hospital in any way, please contact the Complex Director at  Medical students should not forget to bring along their coat, stethoscope, light and hammer.

If you want to know more about a stay in Kitovu, please feel free to contact one of the former volunteers who have been there:

Leon Kondel, civil service (12 months):
Maartje van den Boomgaard (3 months):
Emma Darbyshire, Junior Doctor (3 months):
Christoph Kneer, student of economics (6 weeks):
Stefanie Barth, medical student (6 weeks):

Donate Equipment:
We are often asked if there is anything that volunteers can bring with them for use in the hospital.  Please see a list of useful items to bring with you if you can.  This is by no means a complete list so please feel free to deviate!  We should be very grateful for any contribution large or small to the stock of the hospital.

  • Digital thermometer
  • Sonicaid fetal heart rate monitor
  • Fetoscope (plastic is preferred to the wooden ones)
  • Oxygen concentrator
  • Infusion pump
  • Feeding tubes, oxygen tubing (neo natal, children and adult sizes)
  • Portable glucometer (and of course plenty of the correct disposable test strips)
  • Any healthcare posters (please make sure they are appropriate for Africa)
  • Knitted hats for premature babies
  • Ventouse cup
  • Pulse oximeter
  • Stethescope
  • Gloves

Donate Money:
If you are not able to visit us, the easiest way to contribute is by sending money, which is always needed in order to develop our hospital towards more self-sustainability and to meet our daily responsibilities.

Of course, we are always very grateful for new funders or any kind of donation.  There are a lot of important projects which have already been planned, but cannot yet be realised due to funding constraints. For example, see in the News page about the multipurpose building.

If you are interested in supporting one of our projects, for further information, please contact the Complex Director at

Every donation has a large impact, since it is only used for patients’ needs and projects, so every single dollar, pound, euro,  shilling and other currencies will help.

Donate funds to feed malnourished children
Kitovu Hospital admits severely malnourished children for nutrition rehabilitation and treatment from kwashiorkor (protein deficiency) and marasmus. These children come


from very poor peasant families who are severely affected by hunger because of increasing crop failure due to increasing drought. Kitovu is longing to continue providing food and treatment to severely malnourished children and training of their mothers and next-of-kin in appropriate feeding to save the children from severe malnutrition hunger and death.