Ian Clarke (physician)
||This biographical article is written like a résumé. (December 2011)|
MBChB, MSc, DTM&H
1 January 1952 |
South Armagh, Northern Ireland
|Nationality||British and Ugandan|
|Citizenship||Irish and Ugandan|
|Education||Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
Master of Science (MSc)
Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H)
|Years active||1986 – present|
He trained as a General Medical Practitioner. Dr Clarke read about the AIDS epidemic in Uganda and decided to come see for himself which brought him to Luweero in the 1980s at the end of the bush war which he had been unaware of until he arrived. He subsequently returned with his family under the auspices of the Church Mission Society to work in Luweero. Dr Clarke initially treated his patients under a tree before going on to establish Kiwoko Hospital which now boasts a nursing school, a lab technician training school, a large community health programme, a neonatal ICU and full general hospital facilities.
Dr Clarke later moved to Kampala setting up his first clinic (International Medical Centre) within the Kampala Pentecostal Church Building/Watoto. Dr Clarke's vision continued to grow and he subsequently opened International Hospital Kampala (IHK) in Old Kampala where the first open heart surgery was carried out. IHK subsequently grew and moved to Namuwongo, Kampala and is now a modern well equipped hospital that boasts a number of specialties including obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics and plastic surgery. The 110 bed facility is the only ISO certified hospital in Uganda and strives to continue bridging the gap in private healthcare provision in Uganda through providing quality, affordable healthcare.
Clarke also writes a weekly column in The New Vision, Uganda's biggest daily and has penned a couple of books titled The Man with the Key has gone and How Deep is this Pothole.
- 1994 Masters in Public Health for Developing countries
(MSc. Public Health and DLSHTM)
- 1987 Diploma in Tropical Medicine
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
- 1976 MB BCH BAO Queens University Belfast
Affiliated medical businesses
Ian Clarke is chairman and chief executive officer of the International Medical Group (IMG), Uganda's leading healthcare provider.
Group companies include:
- International Hospital Kampala (IHK)
- International Medical Centres (IMC)
- International Medical Foundation (IMF) – the group's Charity arm
- International Diagnostic Centre (IDC)
- IAA Healthcare
- IMG Pharmaceuticals (IMGP)
- International Health Sciences University (IHSU) – a promoter company
These interrelated companies utilise IMG's own network of facilities, including a fully equipped hospital, countrywide clinics, a diagnostic centre and a health membership organisation. Dr Clarke also owns a private construction company, IMG Construction.
In November 2010, Ian Clarke entered Ugandan politics by securing nomination, as an Independent to contest for the Chairmanship of Makindye Division, one of the five (5) divisions of the city of Kampala. Dr Clarke' motivation was the bad roads and poor living conditions within his division. His three pillars in the election are: "good roads, good health and economic development". Dr Clarke enjoyed a landmark victory and was sworn into office as Mayor of Makindye Division in May 2011 to serve for a five year term.
Working with Kampala Capital City Authority and his elected Councillors, there have been some noticeable improvements within Makindye Division including:
- Improved routing garbage collection
- Improved sanitation with drainage channels throughout the division being cleaned/desilted on a daily basis and the contstruction of some public toilets
- Improved roads with routine pothole repairs as well as some roads including Hanlon Road (Nsambya) and now Mbogo Road (Mukwano) – Kabalagala being rebuilt.
- Kiwoko Hospital
- International Hospital Kampala
- Hospitals in Uganda
- Makindye Division
- Kampala Capital City Authority