Report on the state of Regional Referral Hospitals in Uganda

Although General Hospitals, Regional and National Referral Hospitals have continued to make major contributions to essential clinical care in Uganda, numerous reports (including those of the MoH) are awash with the stark reality of lack of drugs, absence of the often inadequate health workers, delays in accessing health care services even at referral hospitals, and neglect of patients who manage to access the health care facilities, resulting into avoidable deaths among other problems.

This study assesses the state of regional referral hospitals in Uganda for the purposes of determining their capacity to promote the realisation of the right to health and it was guided by the following specific objectives:

1. To describe the state of regional referral hospitals in Uganda;

2. To document testimonies and practices arising from management of

regional referral hospitals in their attempt to promote the right to health in Uganda; and

3. To assess the efficiency (capacity) of regional referral hospitals in health service delivery and realization of the right to health.

The study focuses on key aspects of the health sector that define the health system, including the management of regional referral hospitals, availability of drugs, hospital infrastructure, equipment availability, the health workforce, health services to the patients and health financing.