Kampala Archdiocesan Health Department started in 1972, as one of the department of lay apostolate. Later the Synod of 1973 separated it into two new departments that is, social-economic and religious. Later on, it was divided into information, education, health and cooperatives. The Health department was tacked last because there was need to develop proper coordination between lower level units and hospitals. The first coordinators of this department were Fr. Cyprian Masembe, Fr. Paul Nsubuga, late Mrs. Bibiana Mujuzi. Mr. Joseph Sserwadda, Mrs. Regina Bakitte and currently it is being coordinated by Rev. Sr. M. Pauline Nayiga (IHMR).
Saving lives and improving the Health of people by strengthening Health Systems under the Archdiocese of Kampala are at the core of this Department’s Activities, which works alongside the technical arm of the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau. It coordinates the work of 25 health facilities which include four hospitals that is to say, Nsambya, Lubaga, Kisubi and Nkozi.
During the 1970s, the Health Department had six lower level units, i.e. Mitala Maria, Buyege, Katende, Kkonge, Lweza and Bulo. In the 1980s throughout the 90’s:Naddangira, Nswanjere, Kiziba, Ggoli, Nabbingo, Jinja Kaloli, Kamwokya, Muzinda- Katereke and Outreach Mbuya came into existence. In 2000s: Angellina –Namugongo, Benedict Medical Centre, Kijabijo, Kisenyi, Kitakyusa and Bwayiise were established. There are now 21 Lower Level Health Units and among these are; one level IV unit, Fourteen Level III units, and Six Level II Units. These health units are distributed in the four districts in which Kampala Archdiocese is situated (Kampala, Wakiso, Mpigi, and Butambala) offering health services to all the people.
On average these lower level units serve 300,000 and above patients annually. In 2013 the department in conjunction with IRCU, CRS and now USAID-Cardino Uganda started the project of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in Masuliita Kiziba Parish. This project has supported over 150 OVCs, of these 20 are supported with some school fees and scholastic materials. More than 20 OVCs graduated with vocational skills and currently 30 are undergoing training. Over 1110 have received medical care, trainings in income generating activities, psychosocial support, entrepreneurship skills among others.