Uganda Medical Centers

Improving the standard of healthcare in Uganda, one community at a time.


Uganda boasts the third highest birthrate in the world coupled with a physician density more than 20 times lower than that of the United States. In an effort to increase accessibility to medical care for the growing population, OneWorld Health utilizes a unique cluster strategy to meet the need for primary care and specialized services. The model is designed around a fully functional hospital that is surrounded by satellite medical centers. The hospital is located in a more densely populated area while the satellite clinics are positioned in rural communities.

Our first medical center in Uganda, Masindi Kitara Medical Center, opened in January 2011. The first phase of that project, an outpatient clinic, started with a small but talented team of 9 Ugandan health and administrative professionals. In the six years since, that team has grown to more than 40 full-time staff and we have added an inpatient ward, maternity ward and surgical theater. In April 2016, the campus expanded once again to include a diagnostic and community health center through our partnership with USAID.

In February 2016, a second medical center was opened in the community of Bulima that will provide outpatient services to the community with the ability to refer more specialized care back to MKMC. In similar form, a third medical center will open by the close of 2017 to serve the community of Kijunjubwa.


Our vision for Uganda is to continue increasing accessibility to healthcare through the establishment of sustainable medical centers. Our goal is to have 5 fully operational medical centers by the close of 2018 before launching a new medical cluster in a different region of the country in 2019.

Our values of dignity, love and service come together and are lived out in the way that we treat each patient.


In just six years since the opening of the Masindi Kitara Medical Center (MKMC), the small outpatient clinic has now become a regional referral hospital and a satellite medical center has been added. To date, more than 115,000 patients have received care through our efforts in Uganda.

To support our long-term efforts, more than 1,100 volunteers have invested nearly 70,000 hours in training of our Ugandan medical staff and delivery of care in the Masindi region.

Families are now receiving quality healthcare for the first time in their lives and taking ownership over their health. Government hospitals are freed up to treat those who have no alternative and patients at MKMC are able to receive services and medications when they need them.

OneWorld Health is quickly becoming a leading healthcare provider in the country.


Building a fully sustainable health center in 18 months


We are revolutionizing the approach to medical intervention in the developing world by moving beyond relief to achieve long-term improvements in health. In a world where nearly half the population lives on less than $2 per day (Source: UN, 2016), socialized healthcare systems are overcrowded, poorly equipped and underfunded. By creating sustainable medical centers that offer low-cost services, OneWorld Health is able to increase accessibility to high-quality healthcare and empower communities for a healthy tomorrow. Here’s how we do that:

Develop funding partnerships to build medical centers and subsidize operations during the startup period
Conduct localized research and feasibility analysis to assess medical needs and establish a pricing model for services
Work in collaboration with local and national health officials to maintain regulatory compliance from planning through implementation
Oversee construction and equipping of each medical center
Launch each medical center with national staff who receive ongoing training from U.S. board certified medical professionals
Patient fees for health services meet or exceed operating costs within 18 months allowing for 100% operational sustainability