There are currently 14 referral hospitals in Uganda, and 154 health center IVs in Uganda. It was just announced by the Ministry of Health during the National Assembly Review Meeting that sat at Africana Hotel in September 2013.
Ministry of Health ranks the health centers and hospitals based on their Annual Assembly Review meetings and through their field officer’s situation analysis Kissito’s Mbale Referral Hospital and Bugabero Health Center IV have received the highest grading, from #60 last year (2012) to #1 this year 2013, of all the health center IV’s or hospitals in the entire country of Uganda.
In Uganda there are 70 health centers IV’s and 1 Referral hospital that Kissito operates or supports. One type is called a Health Center IV, a health center that typically serves around 150 – 250 patients per day with a cachement population of around 400,000 people. Kissito supports the closest referral hospital, Mbale Regional Referral Hospital in Mbale, District. Mbale serves around 500 – 1000 patients per day with a cachement population of around 4,000,000 people or 14 Districts in Eastern Region in Uganda.
“While this latest grading for two of our 70 supported health centers and hospitals shows tremendous progress, Kissito believes this is only scratching the surface. This is a marathon for these communities and Kissito plans to support it with everything they have. We won’t rest until all 70 are graded number 1 and then we will build more because that is what the people of Uganda deserve”, said Tom Clarke, CEO of Kissito International.
Bugabero Health Center IV three years ago was a down trodden clinic whose operating theater was closed, and the only services being provided were distribution of minimal medications and referral services to the larger hospital in Mbale. Prior to Kissito’s involvement in operations Bugabero served around 20 patients per day. Since Kissito offered support and operational services, Bugabero now averages 250 patients per day. The difference is in the services being offered. Since Kissito has been involved Bugabero has served 110,169 patients, 2,015 surgical procedures have been performed, 1,011 babies have been delivered, and 1,227 children under five have been rehabilitated and treated.
Mbale Regional Referral Hospital in Eastern Region, Uganda is supported by Kissito. Between 2011 and 2013 with Kissito’s involvement 149,333 patients have been served, 23,485 surgical procedures have been performed, and 10,576 babies have been delivered, and 1,312 malnourished children have been rehabilitated and treated.