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Uganda - Improvement of Health Services at Mulago National Referral Hospital and the City of Kampala - Project Preparation Facility


In 1986 the Government of Uganda (GOU) sent a request to the Bank Group for support of the health sector through a loan to rehabilitate key hospitals including Mulago Hospital whose services had greatly deteriorated during the war. The Bank under the Health Services Rehabilitation Project which was satisfactorily completed in 2002 did the full rehabilitation of upper Mulago and only minor works at lower Mulago. Upper Mulago comprised many single storey buildings dating from the early 1900s which were subsequently remodelled to include an assessment centre and specialised services. Lower Mulago is mainly a six storey building dating from the 1960s consisting of out patient department, male and female admission wards, maternity wards, operating theatres, etc. The Mulago Hospital Complex is a national referral and teaching hospital with a bed capacity of 1,500 with an average occupancy rate of over 100%. The hospital is not able to function fully as a national referral and teaching hospital since it is also serving as secondary facility because there are no district hospitals in the municipality of Kampala.

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