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.

Since then, 58 years of development have followed, leading to the big Health Care Complex Kitovu is today.

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.

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:

  • A 248 bed hospital.  The registered bed capacity is 200.  However, we 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
  • 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
  • A training center for doctors and nurses in VVF repair and caring for VVF sufferers
  • Ugandan Intern doctors training program (linked with Makerere)
  • AIDS Care and Treatment Program
  • Neo-natal Care Unit
  • International programs for overseas medical experience