Uganda

Information for Patients
Healthcare in Uganda is vastly different from the rest of the African continent. The system is primarily referral basis, in which a patient will go from tier to tier until they can find a specialist and a facility which will be able to service them. The system is divided into five tiers: Health Centre 2-4 and finally hospitals which take the serious cases generally. Healthcare is generally free of charge, but certain services are payable within many of the hospitals. Private sector services that is comparable to Western facilities can be found in the capital – Kampala – and other major cities in the country. In the rural areas, medical NGOs and aid organizations fill in the gaps where the health system is unable to provide in terms of service. 


Information for Health Care Professionals
All approval and consultations are required to be done via the Ugandan Embassy or representation within your jurisdiction. Please consult both the local Ugandan embassy/consulate as well as the representative of a key Ugandan medical society in order to understand the requirements needed to practice medicine in Uganda.

English is the language of instruction for medical education in Uganda.


Information for Travelers 
While healthcare in Uganda may not be the highest in quality, many from neighboring countries such as South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo make their way to Uganda to take advantage of at least a functioning system in comparison to their own home countries. Expats can utilize the public services, but it is recommended that one to take on private health insurance coverage. The official languages of Uganda are both English and Swahili, but the general public is linguistically diverse, and the lingua franca varies from region to region in the country. Nonetheless, all medical professionals speak fluent English.

Yellow fever vaccinations along with certificate is required prior to arrival in the country. Hepatitis A and B, along with Cholera, shots are recommended prior to arrival. Malarial tablets are also recommended.

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=uganda+ministry+of+health&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8 

 

 

References:
https://www.theguardian.com/katine/2009/apr/01/uganda-healthcare-system-explained
https://ghcorps.org/national-health-care-system-in-uganda/
https://www.who.int/countries/uga/en/
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/264271298_Uganda_Healthcare_system_profile_Background_Organization_Polices_and_Challenges
https://www.mak.ac.ug/documents/Makfiles/ppt/25May11/Health%20care%20system%20in%20Uganda2011.pdf