History & Development

Kitovu Health Care Complex was founded in 1955, when the late Arch Bishop Joseph Kiwanuka, the first African Bishop South of the Sahara, invited the Religious Congregation of the Medical Missionaries of Mary Sisters (M.M.M.) from Ireland to build up a small First Aid Post in Masaka, Uganda. The M.M.M. Sisters ran the hospital from 1955 to December 15, 2001, when they handed over the responsibilities of the management to the indigenous Congregation of the Bannabiikira (Daughters of Mary) Sisters Bwanda Masaka.

Since then, 62 years of development have followed, tuning it to a complex and thus “Kitovu Health Care Complex”The hospital initially began with offering Out Patient Services only, followed by the development of a small In-Patient Unit.

Over the years it has grown into a large hospital, which offers both curative and preventive services.

It is composed of:

  • 248 beds. The registered bed capacity is 200.  However, it was expanded by the construction of the VVF ward, expansion of Maternity ward and Medical ward:
    • Medical Ward – 50 beds
    • Children’s Ward – 60 beds
    • Surgical Ward – 35 beds
    • Maternity Ward – 58 beds
    • Nutrition Unit – 14 beds
    • Vesico-Vaginal Fistula (VVF) – 31 beds


In progress, is the construction of the private wing to cover the ground floor, first and second floor each containing eight self contained rooms.



Other services/Units include;

  • A community based/primary health care program
  • A Nutrition Education/Rehabilitation Unit
  • A Psychological and Counseling Unit
  • A Regional Blood Bank
  • Laboratory Assistant Training School
  • Theatre assistant training school
  • A training center for doctors and nurses in VVF repair and caring for VVF sufferers
  • Ugandan Intern doctors training program (linked with Makerere, Kampala Mbarara and Gulu Universities)
  • AIDS Care and Treatment Program
  • Neo-natal Care Unit
  • International programs for overseas medical experience