Villa Maria HospitalProviding integrated, holistic services
Villa Maria Hospital is a regional hospital with 125 beds that provides health care for an area of 60 × 80 km, in which 90,000 people live. It has been around since 1902, and therefore has a long history .
Five doctors, senior nurses and one hundred and fifteen MBO and HBO trained nurses work at the Villa Maria Hospital. There is also a large support staff. The Villa Maria Hospital has an outpatient clinic with a pharmacy and laboratory, a children’s, men’s and women’s room, an operating room, a maternity clinic and an AIDS clinic. The hospital provides mother and child care in the region with vaccination programs and regularly visits five outposts.
Approximately 4200 people are admitted per year. The population that is dependent on the hospital is very poor. Many patients cannot afford the treatment and costs of admission. The outpatient clinic is visited by more than 12,000 people a year. Around 1,200 women give birth in the maternity clinic, 590 of them by caesarean section. What is striking is that the number of women admitted to hospital for childbirth has fallen over time, but the number of caesarean sections has increased. A part-time gynecologist is now working in the hospital.
Since 2002, a surgeon has been associated with the hospital and the training has been paid for by Weeraba. Surgery is often life-saving. 680 large and 500 smaller operations are performed each year, excluding the caesarean sections.
In addition, 4500 AIDS patients are supervised and treated from Villa Maria. This also includes programs for the care of AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children. Families of Aid patients are helped through mutual savings and loan groups to build up a modest family budget.
Villa Maria Hospital, Masaka
P.O.BOX 32, Masaka
256751 274243 / +256788 900484
Dr. Ssemwanga Edward
Chairperson / CEO
Mr. Ssenabulya Davis
Member / Coordinator Home Care Program
Sr. Nabasinga Carol
Principle Nursing School
Sr. Stella Nabugwawo
Last Updated July 2019
Prevention of HIV spread through behaviour change, (Abstinence and being faithful), Prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), HIV Counselling and testing (HCT), Safe Male Circumcision (SMC), Injection safety and Post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and DREAMS intervention.
Mitigation of Impact of HIV including medical care and treatment, psychosocial welfare services including support to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and savings and internal lending communities’ methodology (SILC).
Community systems strengthening that would respond to the impacts of the disease.
Institutional capacity building that supports the development of effective internal systems/capacities to sustain holistic development among partner communities and institutions.