Kabale Regional District Hospital


Kabale hospital

Location: Kabale Municipality, south western Uganda

Population:  1,319,100

Area covered: the districts of Kabale, Kanungu, Kisoro and Rukungiri.

The outpatient department sees an average of 250 patients each day.  The hospital has a capacity of 280 beds.  It gets around 1,800 referrals and refers out about 100 patients a year to Mulago and Mbarara hospitals.

Kabale hospital has 4 specialists, 8 medical officers, 97 nurses and a total of 252 employees


  • Surgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Opthalmology

Palliative care services in the hospital are in the early stages of development.  The hospital gets many patients with palliative care needs and recently it has been able to offer morphine.

Some objectives and opportunities for the palliative care programme are;

  • To nurture staff interest in palliative care.
  • To integrate palliative care fully into existing services.
  • To ensure a consistent supply of morphine.
  • To provide excellent staff training.
  • To establish streamlined record keeping.

The hospital is partnered by the Palliative Care Association of Uganda and there are plans to establish good palliative care in the region through staff training and working with nearby sister institutions (Hospitals, H/CIV).