Ian Clarke (physician)

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Ian Clarke
Born 1952 (age 62–63)
South Armagh, Northern Ireland
Residence Makindye, Uganda
Nationality British and Ugandan
Ethnicity Caucasian
Citizenship United Kingdom and Uganda
Alma mater Queens University Belfast
(Bachelor of Obstetrics)
(Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery)
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
(Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene)
(Master of Science in Public Health)
  • Physician
  • Politician
  • Businessman
  • Philanthropist
  • Entrepreneur
Years active 1986 – present
Known for
  • Medicine
  • Business
  • Politics
Home town Armagh
Title Mayor
Makindye Division
Religion Anglican
Spouse(s) Roberta Clarke
Children 3

Ian Clarke, MBChB BAO, DTM&H, MSc, is a physician, missionary, philanthropist, entrepreneur and politician in Uganda.[1] Since May 2011, he has been Mayor of Makindye Division, one of the five administrative units of Kampala Capital City Authority.[2][3]

Background and education[edit]

Ian Clarke was born in South Armagh, Northern Ireland in 1952 to Thomas and Jean Clarke. He studied human medicine at Queens University Belfast, graduating in 1976, with the degree combined degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with Bachelor of Obstetrics, (MBChB BAO), as is customary in Irish medical schools. Later, in 1987, he obtained the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H), from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He followed up in 1994 with the degree of Master of Science in Public Health (MSc), also from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.[4]

Moved to Uganda[edit]

Clarke read about the AIDS epidemic in Uganda and decided to come see for himself. He was taken to Kiwoko Village, in present day Nakaseke District in the Luweero Triangle. He arrived in 1987, at the tail end of the Ugandan 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 Kiwoko. Dr Clarke initially treated his patients under a tree before going on to establish Kiwoko Hospital which, as of March 2015, maintains a nurses training school, a laboratory technician training school, a large community health programme, a neonatal ICU and full general hospital facilities.[5]

Clarke later moved to Kampala setting up his first clinic (International Medical Centre) within the Kampala Pentecostal Church Building (Watoto Church) on Buganda Road in Central Kampala. His 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, another Kampala suburb. 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. The hospital has state-of-the-art facilities including specialties such as obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and plastic surgery.[4]

Other responsibilities[edit]

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 his family built, owns and operates a boutique hotel. His wife, Roberta Clarke, lives with him in Kampala. Their oldest son Sean, overseas the 12 or so clinics that his father owns in Uganda. Their daughter, Lauren, is a nurse and lives in Ireland. Their youngest son, Michael, runs the family hotel in Zanzibar.[2]

Political career[edit]

In November 2010, Ian Clarke entered Ugandan politics by securing nomination, as an Independent candidate, to contest for the Chairmanship of Makindye Division, one of the five divisions of Kampala Capital City Authority, the governing body of Uganda's capital city of Kampala. He was motivated to run due to the bad roads and poor living conditions within his community. His three pillars in the election were: "good roads, good health and economic development".[6] He enjoyed a landmark victory and was sworn into office as Mayor of Makindye Division in May 2011 to serve for a five year term.[7][8]

Affiliated businesses[edit]

Ian Clarke is chairman and chief executive officer of the International Medical Group (IMG), Uganda's leading healthcare provider. Group companies include, but are not limited to the businesses listed below. These inter-related companies utilize IMG's own network of facilities, including a fully equipped hospital, countrywide clinics, a diagnostic centre and a health membership organisation. In January 2014, unofficial estimates put the value of Dr. Clarke's business empire at approximately US$15 million.[9][1]

  • International Hospital Kampala (IHK)
  • International Medical Centres (IMC)
  • International Medical Foundation (IMF)
  • International Diagnostic Centre (IDC)
  • IAA Healthcare (IAAH)
  • IMG Pharmaceuticals (IMGP)
  • International Health Sciences University (IHSU)
  • IMG Construction Company (IMGCC)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b URI, . (1 November 2013). "Profile of Ian Clarke MBChB, MSc, DTM&H". Uganda Research Institute (URI). Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Harrington, Grainne (20 August 2012). "A Man For All Seasons". The Irish Examiner (Cork). Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Ismail Ntege, and Shakirah Nabirye (12 October 2014). "Dr. Ian Clarke On The Ills of Makindye". Sunrise.ug. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Lubega, Henry (5 January 2014). "Clarke: 'I Have Felt At Home Since Arriving In Uganda'". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  5. ^ KHO, . (2012). "Background And History of Kiwoko Hospital". Kiwoko Hospital (KHO). Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Josh Kron, and Jeffrey Gettlemanmarch (1 March 2011). "Of Irish Soil And Ugandan Politics". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Newvision Archive, . (3 August 2011). "Uganda's First White Politician Speaks Out". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Macdonell, Andrew (10 August 2011). "From Clinics To Potholes: Dr. Ian Clarke, Ugandan Politician". Caledonian Mercury. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Tacca, Alan (12 January 2014). "NRM War, Corruption And Incompetence Have Helped Dr. Ian Clarke “Busulwa”". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 18 March 2015. 

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