UGANDA—The Uganda Martyrs’ Hospital Lubaga in Kampala has announced that it has received its first full two-year accreditation award from the Council for Health Services Accreditation of Southern Africa (CoHSASA), a not-for-profit company (NPC) based in Cape Town.

This milestone marks a significant achievement for the hospital, highlighting its commitment to providing high-quality healthcare services.

Situated in the heart of Kampala, the hospital had an overall score of 33 at its baseline survey in October 2020.

Through dedicated efforts and comprehensive quality improvement measures, it achieved an impressive overall score of 97 in its external survey.

This remarkable improvement underscored its dedication to excellence in healthcare delivery.

Uganda Martyrs’ Hospital Lubaga is now the second hospital in Uganda, following IHK Hospital, and the fifth in Eastern Africa to receive CoHSASA accreditation for quality healthcare.

This accreditation is a testament to the hospital’s adherence to international standards and its commitment to ensuring safe, quality care for its patients.

CoHSASA conducts quality improvement programs and accreditation across a wide range of healthcare facilities, including hospitals, clinics, hospices, day clinics, and consulting rooms, throughout the African continent.

 The accreditation process is rigorous, with facilities undergoing thorough assessments to ensure they meet the high standards set by CoHSASA.

Receiving a full accreditation award from CoHSASA means that a healthcare facility has not only entered a demanding quality improvement program but has also been assessed against and complied with standards recognized by the International Society for Quality in Health Care External Evaluation Association (ISQua-EEA).

 ISQua-EEA is the global body overseeing accreditation and quality improvement organizations in 70 countries worldwide.

CoHSASA itself is accredited by the ISQua-EEA, as are its standards, making it the only accrediting body for healthcare facilities in Sub-Saharan Africa recognized by ISQua-EEA.

Healthcare facilities initially entering the CoHSASA program and meeting the required standards are awarded two-year accreditations.

As they continue on their journey of quality improvement, they may receive awards of longer duration, with a four-year accreditation award, for instance, signals to patients that a facility has maintained an excellent level of standards over an extended period.

To ensure ongoing compliance, all facilities that receive an accreditation award must undergo an interim survey halfway through the accreditation period.

Other hospitals that have received CoHSASA accreditation awards include King Faisal Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda; Lady Pohamba Private Hospital in Windhoek, Namibia; Mediclinic Durbanville and Mediclinic Durbanville Day Clinic in Cape Town, South Africa; Cure Day Hospital Paarl, Cure Day Hospital Bloemfontein, and Mediclinic Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

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