Lacor Hospital is a private, non-profit Ugandan hospital, whose mission is to guarantee affordable medical services in particular to the most needy.
In the forefront of health training in Uganda – 350 resident students attend the hospital’s schools for nursing, laboratory & anaesthesia assistants and for the training of Health Educators and AIDS counsellors. The hospital is also a university teaching site for the Government University of Gulu Faculty of Medicine, which was inaugurated in 2003/2004. The hospital also trains “on the job” masons, carpenters, electricians.
More than “just” a hospital
According to a 2003 analysis**, most of the Hospital’s revenues are retained locally in the form of employee wages and purchases. Up to 60% of wages and 90% of funds lent to the staff by the Hospital’s interest-free loan cooperative are used to pay for the education of their dependent children. The study analysed more than 180 small businesses around the hospital and discovered that their survival mostly depends on the Hospital, through purchases made by staff, patient’s family and visitors. According to this study, each dollar “invested” in Lacor Hospital as donated funds yields at least twice this amount in direct and indirect revenues in the local economic context.
Another recent study by Fondazione Lang Italia has measured the Sroi (Social Return on Investment) of donations to the hospital. The study has shown that each euro donated generates 2.74 euro in the local environment.
Promoting work ethics based on transparency, responsibility and refusal of corruption – With more than 70% of the budget being covered through external support, the hospital depends on the donors’ trust. Management and staff do their best to deserve that trust through careful accounting of annual activities and implementation of audits by international accounting and clinical experts.
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