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Butabika Hospital

Butabika National Referral Hospital
Uganda Ministry of Health
Location Butabika, Kampala, Uganda
Care system
Hospital type Psychiatric
Emergency department I
Beds 900
Founded 1955
Other links Hospitals in Uganda

Butabika National Referral Hospital, commonly known as Butabika Hospital is a hospital in Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. It is the mental health national referral hospital for the entire country's estimated population of 32 million in 2010.


Butabika National Referral Hospital is located in Butabika, a neighborhood within Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. Butabika lies in the southeastern part of the city, in Nakawa Division, adjacent to the northern shores of Lake Victoria, Africa's largest fresh-water lake. This location is approximately 12 kilometres (7.5 mi), by road, east of Kampala's central business district.[1] The coordinates of Butabika Hospital are:00 18 54N, 32 39 22E (Latitude:0.3150; Longitude:32.6560).


Butabika Hospital is a public psychiatric hospital, funded and administered by the Uganda Ministry of Health and general care in the hospital is free. The hospital is the only referral psychiatric hospital in Uganda. Opened in 1955, it has a bed capacity of 900, as of February 2010.[2]

The hospital also serves as the psychiatric teaching hospital for Makerere University College of Health Sciences for both undergraduate and postgraduate training, especially for the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB), Master of Medicine in Psychiatry (MMed Psych) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychiatry.

Butabika Hospital is also the location of the Institute of Psychiatric Clinical Officers (IPCO), a school administered by the Uganda Ministry of Health, which trains high school graduates to become Psychiatric Clinical Officers. It is the only school of its kid in Eastern Africa.[3]

External links

  • Butabika Hospital Homepage
  • Uganda Ministry of Health Homepage


  • First Graduating Class of the Institute of Psychiatric Clinical Officers

See also

  • Butabika
  • Uganda Ministry of Health
  • Hospitals in Uganda


Coordinates: 00°18′54″N 32°39′22″E / 0.31500°N 32.65611°E / 0.31500; 32.65611

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