Namabaale St. AloysiousHealth Centre III, Lwengo
St. Aloysious Namabaale Health Centre III is one of the Private Not-for Profit (PNFP) Lower Level Health Units (LLHU) owned by Masaka Diocese. The Health Centre was started in 2011 by St. Charles Lwanga Namabaale Catholic Parish under the stewardship of Rev. Fr. Aloysious Kasoma from whom the Health Centre derived its name, with the community contributing to the startup financial, material and infrastructural costs for the “Health Centre project.”
The development partners of Cotton On Foundation provide/d the necessary additional technical support, resources and infrastructure to the Health Centre project to accelerate the implementation and realization of interventions towards the attainment of the Roman Catholic Church’s health service goals and Uganda Catholic Medical Bureaus’ mission, National and International health goals. The support from Cotton on Foundation was possible because of the tireless efforts by Rev. Fr. Nestus Mugisha and Rev. Fr. Ssekiwunga Jerome.
The Health Unit Management Committee (HUMC) made up of 9 members appointed by the Bishop after a period of every three years, is the local governing council of the Health Centre, and exercises executive powers in collaboration with the Diocesan Health Coordination Office.
Administrative and health service functions of the Health Centre are managed by a team of clinical and non-clinical staff, under stewardship of the Health Centre in charge. The Health Centre has a twenty-six (26) bed capacity for inpatient, maternal, and child health services. The Health Centre also offers general outpatient services, Antenatal care, Postnatal care, and Immunization services, including intermediate laboratory and emergency services.
Geographically, the Health Centre is situated in Ndagwe parish, Ndagwe Sub County, Bukoto mid- west constituency, Lwengo district, approximately 55 Kilometers from Kyabakuza trading centre off Masaka-Mbarara highway, and approximately 60 Kilometers by road West of Masaka, the nearest largest town.
Demographically, Ndagwe sub county has a population of approximately 38,000 people (Census Report 2014), with an annual growth rate of 3.03% giving an estimated population projection of 41,616 by 2021. However, the estimated catchment population of the Health Centre is 95,554 people with the majority distributed in the peripheral parishes of Rakai District namely: Dwaniro, Lwakalolo, Kibuuka, Bugona, Kagamba, Kasankala, Kaleere, Kimuli, and Kayonza and the rest in the peripheral parishes of Ndagwe sub county, Lwengo district bordering with Rakai district namely: Ndagwe, Mpumudde, and Nanywa (data from the Health Centre’s Out Patient Register,
2018). The catchment population is located in difficult to reach and remote rural areas, and may otherwise face other countless barriers in seeking and accessing health care services at the fixed Health Centre.