Mbale District, Eastern Uganda
Mbale Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH) in Mbale District is a 417-bed hospital which serves as the regional referral center for 5,000,000 people in 11 districts in Eastern Uganda. MRRH also serves as a referral center for maternal, newborn and child health. Unfortunately, the hospital lacks many of the essentials to meet community needs, and great suffering occurs within its walls as a result.
The situation analysis of maternal and child health in Mbale region notes that most of the deaths at MRRH occur due to lack of physicians, essential drugs and supplies. The severely under-staffed and under-equipped maternity ward at MRRH poses a serious challenge for the hospital to provide prenatal, obstetrics and postnatal care for all mothers. The maternal, infant and under-5 death toll in the region is one of the highest in the country.
The unmet need is expected to become even greater as the number of young women entering their reproductive age increases. The Pediatric and Child Health Department is similarly challenged. The department has only two pediatricians who treat more than 12,000 pediatric patients with free medical services annually.
With the support of partners like the Ugandan Ministry of Health and Kissito donors, Kissito is moving forward with an ambitious plan to revitalize maternity and pediatrics here.