Ian Clarke (physician)

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Ian Clarke
Born (1952-01-01) 1 January 1952 (age 63)
South Armagh, Northern Ireland
Residence Kampala, Uganda
Nationality British and Ugandan
Ethnicity Caucasian
Citizenship Irish and Ugandan
  • Physician,
  • Politician,
  • Businessman,
  • Philanthropist
  • Entrepreneur
Years active 1986 – present
Known for
  • Medicine,
  • Business,
  • Politics
Home town Armagh
Religion Anglican
Spouse(s) Roberta Clarke
Children 3

Ian Clarke is an Northern Irish Ugandan physician, missionary, philanthropist, politician and entrepreneur, resident in Uganda.


Ian Clarke was born in South Armagh, Northern Ireland in 1952 to Thomas and Jean Clarke.

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.[1]

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.

He has further projects in Juba, South Sudan and in Zanzibar, Tanzania where he owns a family built and run boutique hotel. He is a dual citizen of both The United Kingdom and Uganda.

Medical qualifications[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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.

Political career[edit]

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 construction 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.

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