Mulago Hospital

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Mulago National Referral Hospital
Uganda Ministry of Health
Location Mulago, Kampala, Uganda
Care system Public
Hospital type General and Teaching
Affiliated university Makerere University College of Health Sciences
Emergency department I
Beds 1,500+
Founded 1917[1]
Website Homepage
Other links Hospitals in Uganda
Medical education in Uganda

Mulago National Referral Hospital, commonly known as Mulago Hospital, is a hospital in Uganda.


The hospital is located on Mulago Hill in the northern part of the city of Kampala. It sits adjacent to and to the immediate west of Makerere University College of Health Sciences. This location lies approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi), by road, northeast of Kampala's central business district.[2] The coordinates of Mulago Hospital are:0°20'16.0"N, 32°34'32.0"E (Latitude:0.337786; Longitude:32.575550).[3]


It is the largest hospital in Uganda. It is the teaching hospital of Makerere University College of Health Sciences. It is also one of the three National Referral Hospitals in the country, the other two being Butabika National Referral Hospital and Mbarara National Referral Hospital. The hospital offers services in most medical and surgical sub-specialties, in addition to dentistry, emergency medicine, pediatrics and intensive care.[4]


Old Mulago was founded in 1913 by Albert Ruskin Cook. The New Mulago facility 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 totaled USh33.2 billion (approximately US$13 million). The funds are insufficient; the facility needs about three times its annual budget to function properly; (USh100 billion or US$40 million)[5]

Recent developments[edit]

In October 2014, major renovations and rehabilitation works commenced at the hospital, with the aim of bringing about structural and performance improvements at the national health institution. The rehabilitation works, estimated to last 24 months, are the largest renovation works to the facility, since the New Mulago (Lower Mulago) hospital block was completed 52 years from the date. The construction budget is planned at US$49 million, financed by a loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB). During the rehabilitation works, only true medical emergencies and properly referred patients will be attended to at the facility, with other cases being deflected to the other 14 national & regional referral hospitals and to Naguru General Hospital. As part of the planned changes, the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), will be enlarged from the current 5 beds to 25; the mortuary will expand from 16 slots to 160, and the operating theatres will increase from the current 6 to 16.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ UTG, . "Profile of Mulago Hill". Uganda Travel Guide (UTG). Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Distance Between Central Kampala And Mulago With Map". Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Google (4 July 2015). "Location of Mulago National Referral Hospital At Google Maps" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  4. ^ MNRH, . "About Mulago National Referral Hospital". Mulago National Referral Hospital (MNRH). Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Obore, Chris (20 January 2013). "Time Bomb: The Inside Story of Mulago Hospital’s Troubles". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Ayebazibwe, Agatha (11 October 2014). "Mulago Hospital Renovation Starts". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 11 October 2014. 

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Coordinates: 00°20′16″N 32°34′32″E / 0.33778°N 32.57556°E / 0.33778; 32.57556