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Mulago National Specialised Hospital
Uganda Ministry of Health
Mulago National Specialised Hospital is located in Kampala
Mulago National Specialised Hospital
LocationMulago, Kampala, Uganda
Coordinates00°20′16″N 32°34′32″E / 0.33778°N 32.57556°E / 0.33778; 32.57556Coordinates: 00°20′16″N 32°34′32″E / 0.33778°N 32.57556°E / 0.33778; 32.57556
Care systemPublic
TypeGeneral and Teaching
Affiliated universityMakerere University College of Health Sciences
Emergency departmentI
Opened1913; 109 years ago (1913)
ListsHospitals in Uganda
Other linksHospitals in Uganda
Medical education in Uganda

Mulago National Specialised Hospital,[1] also known as Mulago National Referral Hospital, is a component of Mulago Hospital Complex, the teaching facility of Makerere University College of Health Sciences. It is the largest public hospital in Uganda.[2]


The hospital is on Mulago Hill in the northern part of the city of Kampala, immediately west of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences. It is approximately 5 kilometres (3 mi), by road, north-east of Kampala's central business district. The geographical coordinates of the hospital are 0°20'16.0"N, 32°34'32.0"E (Latitude:0.337786; Longitude:32.575550).[3]


This hospital, together with adjacent, affiliated hospitals and institutions constitute Mulago Hospital Complex, the teaching facility of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences. The hospital offers services in most medical and surgical subspecialties, in addition to dentistry, emergency medicine,  pediatrics, and intensive care.[4]


Old Mulago Hospital was founded in 1913 by Albert Ruskin Cook. New Mulago Hospital was completed in 1962. The hospital has an official capacity of 1,790 beds, although it often houses over 3,000 patients. In 2012, the annual hospital budget was USh33.2 billion. "Apparently, to run effectively, Mulago needs thrice its current budget."[5] Uganda's first female neurosurgeon, Juliet Sekabunga Nalwanga, trained and is employed there.[6][7] During the Entebbe Hostage Crisis in late June and early July 1976, one of the hostages, Dora Bloch, became ill and was taken from Entebbe Airport to Mulago Hospital. After the rescue of the hostages from the airport terminal during Operation Entebbe on 4 July 1976, she was taken from her hospital bed and was murdered on Idi Amin's orders.[8][9]

Mulago Hospital Complex[edit]

Mulago Hospital Complex is a term used to refer to the hospitals on Mulago Hill and the adjacent and affiliated medical institutions that serve as the teaching entity for Makerere University College of Health Science. As of April 2020, the complex housed an estimated 1,800 hospital beds.[10] These units of the complex include the following:[11]

Note 1*: Infectious Diseases Institute is a component of Makerere University.
Note 2**: Uganda Cancer Institute and Uganda Heart Institute are self-accounting bodies, separate from Mulago Hospital.

Some credible sources reserve the term to refer to only the combination of (a) Old Mulago Hospital (b) Mulago Women's Referral Hospital and (c) Mulago National Specialized Hospital.[1][12][13]


In October 2014, major renovations and rehabilitation works commenced at the hospital, the purpose of which was to bring about structural and performance improvements. These works, estimated to last 24 months, were the largest renovation works to the facility since the New Mulago (Lower Mulago) hospital block was completed 52 years earlier.[14]

The work was budgeted to cost US$29 million and the equipment was budgeted to cost US$20 million (sub-total US$49 million), financed by a loan from the African Development Bank. The government of Uganda had to co-fund US$9.5 million, bringing total cost to US$54.5 million. As part of the planned changes, the intensive care unit was enlarged from 7 beds to 41 beds, of which 27 are adult beds and 14 are pediatric beds. The mortuary was expanded from 16 to 160 slots; and, the number of operating theatres were increased from 7 to 22. Other changes include the decrease of total beds from 1,500 to 1,000. Of those, 900 beds are general inpatient beds, 6 are platinum beds for high net-worth individuals, 45 are gold rooms, and 49 are VVIP rooms. There will be a fee for service, the nature and amount to be determined by cabinet.[15][12][13][16]

In May 2019, the Cabinet of Uganda authorized the release of USh35.5 billion (US$9.5 million) to complete the renovations to the hospital. As of that date, the pending work, estimated at 8 percent of the total, included new windows, an ICT network installation, 6 new sub-terrain tanks, and expansion of the road network within the hospital complex. Once the funds are released, work is expected to take five months to completion.[17] Completion is expected later in 2020[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Conrad Ahabwe (27 January 2020). "Government Sets New Date For Opening of Refurbished Mulago hospital". Kampala: PML Daily. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  2. ^ Visit Kampala (2017). "About Mulago Hospital Uganda". Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  3. ^ Google (11 April 2020). "Location of Mulago National Specialised Hospital" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  4. ^ Mulago Hospital (2014). "About Mulago National Referral Hospital". Kampala: Mulago National Referral Hospital. Archived from the original (Archived from the original on 14 July 2014) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  5. ^ Chris Obore (20 January 2013). "Time bomb: The inside story of Mulago hospital's troubles". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Nalwanga Juliet Sekabunga". The Lancet Neurology. 17 (6): 505. 1 June 2018. doi:10.1016/S1474-4422(18)30152-2. ISSN 1474-4422. PMID 29778362.
  7. ^ "List Of Neurosurgeons In Uganda". 2022/2023. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  8. ^ Kalinaki, Daniel K. (3 July 2016). "Entebbe raid humiliated Amin, nearly caused East African war". Daily Nation. Archived from the original on 28 March 2019. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  9. ^ "1976: British grandmother missing in Uganda". BBC News. Archived from the original on 18 December 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Mulago National Referral Hospital | EA Health". Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  11. ^ The Electives Network (2020). "The Electives Network: Mulago Hospital Complex". Bingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom: The Electives Network. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  12. ^ a b Violet Nabatanzi (14 June 2015). "Mulago hospital renovation in high gear". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  13. ^ a b Violet Nabatanzi (17 December 2015). "Mulago to close blocks B and C for renovation". New Vision. Kampala. Archived from the original (Archived from the original on 18 December 2015) on 18 December 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  14. ^ Agatha Ayebazibwe (11 October 2014). "Mulago Hospital Renovation Starts". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  15. ^ Uganda Radio Network (9 December 2015). "Mulago Renovations Progress". The Observer (Uganda) Quoting Uganda Radio Network. Kampala. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  16. ^ Flavia Nassaka (16 June 2019). "Renovated Mulago to Open in December-Administrator". Kampala: Uganda Radio Network. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  17. ^ Al-Mahadi Adam Kungu (8 May 2019). "Cabinet Directs Finance To Avail Shs35 Billion Needed For Completion Of Mulago Renovation". Kampala: SoftPower Uganda. Retrieved 11 April 2020.

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