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Mildmay Uganda

Mildmay Uganda was Mildmay’s first international programme, opening in Kampala in 1998 as a Centre of Excellence for the provision of comprehensive HIV & AIDS prevention, care, treatment and training services.
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Our impact through our beneficiaries’ eyes

Mildmay Uganda is now an independent hospital and healthcare nonprofit NGO with its own Trustee Board and has grown to be an organisation with a reach of nearly six and a half million people.

It has three core functions: the provision of HIV care and treatment services at the hospital, HIV-focused training and education and the provision of technical assistance to 16 districts in central Uganda to strengthen local health systems.

Care and treatment are provided predominantly on an outpatient basis for most clients. In addition to this, Elizabeth Ward, the 33-bed capacity children's ward, provides care for critically and terminally ill children aged 0-18 years.

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Estimated disability-adjusted life years averted this year



Estimated unplanned pregnancies avoided every year



Estimated new HIV infections averted



Individuals completed TB treatment during the year


37, 052

Males aged 10-35 received voluntary circumcision for HIV prevention



Individuals tested HIV positive and enrolled on antiretroviral therapy



Pregnant mothers supported on the Elimination of Mother-to-Child-Transmission (eMTCT)



Dr Yvonne Karamagi

Dr. Yvonne Karamagi is the new Executive Director of Mildmay Uganda.

We look forward to a new phase of Mildmay Uganda’s work under her leadership. We also extend our heartfelt thanks to former Executive Director Dr Barbara Mukasa for her many years of dedicated service.

Dr Yvonne Karamagi, Executive Director of Mildmay Uganda
Elizabeth Ward

Elizabeth Ward

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Mildmay UK provides annual funding for Elizabeth Ward in the paediatric care centre of Mildmay Hospital, Kampala. This is the only facility in the region providing high-quality care to children with the most complex cases of HIV-associated health conditions.

Elizabeth Ward treats over 500 children a year from underprivileged families who require specialist care. Children are admitted to Elizabeth Ward with conditions such as HIV, tuberculosis, meningitis and malaria. Care for each child is highly personalised to meet their particular needs, and support is also provided for their families.


Universal Child Sponsorship Fund

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Your donations entirely fund the Universal Child Sponsorship Programme. Since its introduction in 2002, the Fund has supported 1,964 children and adolescents (876 boys and 1,088 girls) with psychosocial support services including economic empowerment of vulnerable households.

In 2017, Mildmay Uganda replaced individually allocated support for children with the Universal Fund to bring the same healthcare, education and food security benefits more equitably to more children and young people.

COVID story

A COVID story from Mildmay Uganda

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At the beginning of September 2021, the Reverend Canon John Stanley, who was 90 on 20 May 2021, challenged himself to walk the City Walls of Chester 90 times by the date of his birthday.

John succeeded in this challenge, and raised over £2,900 for Mildmay Hospital in Uganda, to support its vital Covid vaccination initiatives.


Just one month later, we received an update from our colleagues in Mildmay Hospital in Uganda on the progress of their COVID-19 vaccination programme.

The history of Mildmay Uganda

Mildmay’s work in Uganda started in 1993 following an invitation from the Government of Uganda.

Dr Veronica Moss (then the Medical Director of Mildmay) said: “I was attending a conference on paediatric AIDS in Edinburgh, Scotland, in September 1993 when I met Hon Manuel Pinto, MP for Rakai District, Uganda, and he said to me, "We must talk – I want Mildmay to come to Uganda.”

Mildmay Uganda's hospital was officially opened in September 1998 by Anne, The Princess Royal, and started receiving patients in October of the same year.
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The Princess Royal was invited to do so after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, who had been scheduled to open the hospital.

Uganda was one of the African countries worst hit by the Aids epidemic. Few families remained untouched by the virus, with some 500,000 people having died and another two million - one in six of the population - infected by 1998.