Health Care

Dr Ambrosoli Memorial Hospital

Kalongo Hospital is a private, non-profit, community hospital owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu, and is accredited by the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau. It is administered by the Sisters of Mary Immaculate.

The hospital was started in a grass-hut by Sister Eletta Mantiero, a Comboni Missionary Sister, as a dispensary in 1934. It soon started delivering babies and attending to medical and pediatric patients.

In 1957, Dr. Fr. Giuseppe Ambrosoli, an Italian physician, surgeon and catholic priest, began the transformation of the dispensary into a full-fledged hospital.

At that time the dispensary was treating many leprosy patients. Dr. Ambrosoli revolutionalised the care for leprosy patients, by admitting them to the same hospital as other patients, instead of confining them to a leprosarium. At that time, leprosaria were generally badly managed and led to patient neglect, especially in Tropical Africa.

Today, the hospital is a 350-bed facility, that admits patients in the disciplines of Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynecology. As of January 2010, Kalongo Hospital employed over 300 staff members.

The hospital has been renamed Dr. Ambrosoli Memorial Hospital, after its founder. In 2005, nearly 58,500 outpatients were served and nearly 13,400 others were admitted. The hospital operates on income derived from patient fees, donations and annual government subsidies. However, no patient is turned away because of inability to pay.

In 1959 Dr. Fr. Giuseppe Ambrosolio established St. Mary’s School of Midwifery, with a view of someday in the future handing over the care of the patients to local Ugandan staff. As of July 2011, the school had a student body of about 120. The school is closely affiliated with the hospital.

Kuywee Interhealth Clinic

Kuywee Interhealth Centre (KIC) is a registered community-based, non-profit organization founded in Kuywee, Agago, in Northern Uganda. Local health professionals came together and realized their dream of providing health care services to the community.

Services offered at KIC include:

  • Outpatient and inpatient services (admissions)
  • Outpatient and inpatient services (admissions)
  • Laboratory Services
  • Patient counselling
  • Family planning Services
  • Referral of Patients
  • Antenatal Services (partially running)
  • Deliveries Emergencies only
  • They plan to deliver community outreach, HIV Testing and Counselling in the future