Mulago Hospital

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Mulago National Referral Hospital
Uganda Ministry of Health
Mulago Hospital is located in Kampala
Mulago 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
Hospital typeGeneral and Teaching
Affiliated universityMakerere University College of Health Sciences
Emergency departmentI
Other linksHospitals in Uganda
Medical education in Uganda

Mulago National Referral Hospital, commonly known as Mulago Hospital, is a hospital in Uganda. It is the largest public hospital in the country, with 1,500 beds. In 2014, an average of 80 to 100 babies were delivered daily, in the hospital's three maternity wards.[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 (3.1 mi), by road, north-east of Kampala's central business district.[3] The coordinates of the hospital are 0°20'16.0"N, 32°34'32.0"E (Latitude:0.337786; Longitude:32.575550).[4]


The hospital is the teaching hospital of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences. It is also one of the two national referral hospitals in the country, the other one being Butabika National Referral Hospital. The hospital offers services in most medical and surgical sub-specialties, in addition to dentistry, emergency medicine, pediatrics, and intensive care.[5]


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 was USh33.2 billion. "Apparently, to run effectively, Mulago needs thrice its current budget."[6]

Recent developments[edit]

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 before. The construction budget was planned at US$49 million, financed by a loan from the African Development Bank. During the rehabilitation works, only true medical emergencies and properly referred patients were attended to at the facility, with other cases being deflected to the other 14 national and regional referral hospitals and to Naguru General Hospital. As part of the planned changes, the intensive care unit was enlarged from 5 to 25 beds; the mortuary was expanded from 16 to 160 slots; and, the operating theatres were increased from 6 to 16.[7] As of December 2015, the first phase of rehabilitation, consisting of approximately 40 percent of the total works, was reported to be complete.[8] The second phase of the renovation is expected to last another 12 months.[9]

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.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ UTG. "Profile of Mulago Hill". Uganda Travel Guide (UTG). Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  2. ^ Vision Reporter (23 January 2015). "Mulago: the world's busiest labour suite". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Distance Between Central Kampala And Mulago With Map". Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  4. ^ Google (4 July 2015). "Location of Mulago National Referral Hospital At Google Maps" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  5. ^ MNRH. "About Mulago National Referral Hospital". Mulago National Referral Hospital (MNRH). Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  6. ^ Obore, Chris (20 January 2013). "Time bomb: The inside story of Mulago Hospital's troubles". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  7. ^ Ayebazibwe, Agatha (11 October 2014). "Mulago Hospital Renovation Starts". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  8. ^ Uganda Radio Network (9 December 2015). "Mulago Renovations Progress". The Observer (Uganda) Quoting Uganda Radio Network (URN). Kampala. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  9. ^ Nabatanzi, Violet (17 December 2015). "Mulago to close blocks B and C for renovation". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  10. ^ Al-Mahadi Adam Kungu (8 May 2019). "Cabinet Directs Finance To Avail Shs35 Billion Needed For Completion Of Mulago Renovation". Kampala: SoftPower Uganda. Retrieved 8 May 2019.

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