International Hospital Kampala

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International Hospital Kampala
International Medical Group
Location Namuwongo, Kampala, Makindye Division, Central Region, Uganda
Care system Private
Hospital type General and Teaching
Beds 200
Founded 1996
Website Homepage
Other links List of hospitals in Uganda

International Hospital Kampala (IHK) is a private healthcare facility owned by the International Medical Group, the largest private healthcare group in Uganda. IHK, Uganda's only ISO certified hospital, strives to provide healthcare that meets international standards.


The hospital is located in Namuwongo in Makindye Division, in southeast Kampala, about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the central business district of the city.[1] The coordinates of International Hospital Kampala are:0°18'19.0"N, 32°36'40.0"E (Latitude:0.305289; Longitude:32.611112).[2]


IHK became operational in 2000. Its founder, Dr. Ian Clarke, a general practitioner and tropical medicine specialist, born in Northern Ireland, first hosted the hospital in leased premises in Old Kampala, until the first phase of the current Namuwongo premises were completed in 2006. The facility along with its sister institutions, together known as the International Medical Group (IMG), was started with US$100,000. In 2014, the Group assets were valued at approximately US$15 million, excluding International Health Sciences University. There are three shareholders in the Group: (a) Dr. Ian Clarke, the majority shareholder (b) One corporate investor from Mauritius and (c) One corporate investor from the Netherlands.[3]


In 2012, IHK signed a management agreement with Fortis Hospital Group (FHG), based in Delhi, India, with nearly 80 hospitals in India, Singapore, Dubai, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. The objective is to transfer medical and managerial expertise from senior Fortis doctors and nurses to Ugandan staff.[4][5] IHK's affiliate IAA Healthcare, in partnership with Resolution Insurance Kenya offers regional medical coverage for individuals as well as organisations in East Africa.

Services offered[edit]

The services offered at IHK include the following:

  • Emergency Ambulance
  • Emergency services
  • Outpatient Care
  • Laboratory
  • 10 bed IICU
  • 8 bed paediatric ICU
  • Trauma surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Antenatal care
  • Pharmacy


As of July 2014, the following specialty services are available at IHK. The list is not exhaustive:

  • General Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Physician Anaesthesia
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Paediatics
  • Neonatalogy
  • Orthopaedics
  • Neurosurgery
  • Medical Oncology
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Urology
  • Cardiology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Radiology
  • Psychiatry

Rescue and evacuation[edit]

Rescue services are provided within Uganda by road to a preferred health centre where possible. IHK's ambulances are fully equipped and are staffed with experienced medical staff able to handle minor and major emergencies.

Corporate and social responsibility[edit]

IHK operates Hope Ward, a charity medical and surgical ward, "dedicated to the provision of health services free of charge for those who otherwise could not afford it". While all eligible patients receive care, the 17 bed Ward focuses on the following:

  • Trauma victims from the war in Northern Uganda who require plastic surgery
  • Complex cancer treatment for both children and adults
  • Restoring the physical and psychological victims of burns and acid attacks
  • Caring for children with complications arising from HIV and AIDS
  • Repair of vesicovaginal fistula
  • Surgery to repair Atrial‐Septal Defects (ASD) commonly known as a hole in the heart in children

83% of funding for Hope Ward comes from corporate sponsors. 16% of the funds come from fund-raising, and the remaining 1% is received from patient contributions, where that is feasible.[6]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Map Showing Central Kampala And Namuwongo With Distance Indicator". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Google, . "Location of International Hospital Kampala At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Lubega, Henry (5 January 2014). "Clarke: I have Felt At Home Since Arriving In Uganda". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Newvision, . (2 July 2013). "International Hospital Kampala (IHK)". New Vision. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  5. ^ TABJ, . (2013). "International Hospital Kampala". The African Business Journal (South Africa). Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Hope Ward at International Hospital Kampala". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 00°18′19″N 32°36′40″E / 0.30528°N 32.61111°E / 0.30528; 32.61111