Maternal-Infant Health in Southwest Uganda

  • 550 women per 100,000 births die every year in childbirth or due to preventable pregnancy‐related causes in Uganda.
  • 76 newborns per 1000 births die in the first week of life.
  • 137 children of every 1000 do not survive until their fifth birthday.

KCHEF Health Program

Founded in 2002, the KCHEF Medical Center, (formerly the Bishop Masereka Medical Center) responds to the most pressing need of Kasese: to reduce the number of women who die in childbirth and to ensure that all children see their 5th birthday.

Making motherhood safer:

  • Reduces unnecessary loss of life
  • Protects the health of infants and children
  • Increases the likelihood that children will complete their education
  • Reduces the numbers of orphans, and attendant risks, including early pregnancy and HIV infection
  • Strengthens the economy of the community

The work of KCHEF pursues four of the eight UN Millennium Development Goals:

  • #4 Reduce child mortality
  • #5 Improve maternal health
  • #6 Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases

KCHEF Medical Center


With a highly qualified, locally-led medical team, KCHEF attends to up to 2000 patients every month, and treated over 20,000 people in 2012. With a focus on maternal-infant care, the clinic provides skilled assistance during childbirth, including surgical delivery and obstetric emergency care, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), care for newborns (including premature and SGA infants), infant immunization, treatment for malaria, contraception, and HIV/AIDS testing, counseling and treatment, HIV prevention education in the community, and urgent care for all.

KCHEF contains the only operating theatre in the area. KCHEF lab technicians deliver test results unavailable anywhere else in the region. The clinic includes an ultra sound scanner and radiology services. KCHEF is considered a center of excellence, providing the best care available in Kasese and regularly receiving referrals from other health facilities.

Impact in 2015

  • Served over 25,000 patients.
  • Delivered 345 babies
  • Immunized more than 4,900 patients
  • Provided HIV counseling and testing to over 2,100 patients
  • Treated patients with various diagnoses, including typhoid fever, AIDS, hypertension in pregnancy, depression and anxiety, hepatitis B, alcohol and drug abuse, cardiac disease, rabies, epilepsy, and snakebites
  • Hosted three health camps in 2015 – gynecologist visiting from the US, and two eye specialist camps.