Dr. Milton W. Musaba

Head of Department,


Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Welcome Message

Greetings and we welcome everyone to the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Faculty of Health Sciences, Busitema University. The department is housed at Busitema University Mbale campus and Mbale RRH serves as the teaching hospital. Currently, we run two undergraduate courses for medical students as approved by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery curriculum and where necessary offer support in terms of teaching and supervision of undergraduate students of nursing and the postgraduate students of Masters of Public Health(MPH).
We are looking forward to starting the Master of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynaecology program as soon as the accreditation process is complete. This program will be run as a 3 years full-time residence training course with the goal of churning out an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist who is up to date with the modern practice of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

MED 4201: Obstetrics and Gynaecology I

This course introduces the students to the clinical clerkship in obstetrics and gynaecology.

MED 5202: Obstetrics and Gynaecology II

This is a senior clerkship course in obstetrics and gynaecology that is undertaken by undergraduate medical students in their final year of training before they go for internship.

Mission and Objectives

Our mission is to pursue excellence in Reproductive, Maternal Neonatal and Child health (RMNCH) through training, clinical practice and research including community outreach projects that positively impacts on the surrounding communities in Eastern Uganda.

The overall objective of the is to produce a doctor who is competent in obstetric and gynaecological clinical practice, especially in the provision of comprehensive emergency obstetric care services.

Specific Objectives

To produce graduates who have three basic components; knowledge, clinical skills and positive attitude towards the provision of Reproductive Maternal and Neonatal Child health (RMNCH) services in the community. The Medical graduate from Busitema University should be able to:

  1. Provide the highest level of care in general obstetrics and Gynaecology
  2. Practice ethically (has acquired appropriate attitudes such as professional disposition and behavior towards colleagues and other health providers, patients, relatives and communities)
  3. Recognizes the health needs of adolescents, women of reproductive group (WRAG), males in reproductive age group and post-menopausal females.
  4. Recognize and manage the pathological states related to reproductive system with knowledge of anatomy, physiology, endocrinology pharmacology & pathophysiology.
  5. Have the requisite foundation for future specialty training if so desired.
  6. Has acquired the basic skills in teaching of the Medical, nurses, midwives, and Allied Professionals.
  7. Is enthusiastic in advocating for maternal and new-born health
  8. Adapt to the ever-changing World of Obstetrics and Gynaecology care practice especially given the advent of minimum invasive surgery, Assisted reproductive Therapy (ART), and infectious pandemics such as COVID19

Departmental Staff

Name Designation Contact
Dr. Milton W. Musaba Head of Department +256 704 913 791


Dr Julius N. Wandabwa Professor + 256754419513


Dr. Stephen Waiswa Lecturer 0772987725


Dr. Julius Nteziyaremye Assistant Lecturer +256 706614213


Dr. Kenneth Mugabe Honorary Lecturer


Dr. Doreck Nahurira Teaching Assistant 0777218780/0702916904


Laboratory /Clinical / Teaching facilities

The Mbale Regional Referral and Teaching Hospital is a 400-bed facility offering both general and specialists’ services to about 5 million people in her catchment area that spans over 16 districts in Eastern Uganda and a few cases from neighbouring Eastern Kenya.
The hospital has the departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Child Health, General and Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Dental surgery, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology. The Obstetrics and Gynaecology department cover about 100 of the 400-bed capacity and has the following units and clinics: antenatal, postnatal, family planning and Cancer screening. The Hospital houses the programme has a 70-bed maternity unit and 25 bed neonatal unit.
The Maternity unit houses the labour ward, postnatal unit, High Dependence Unit (HDU), neonatal unit and the emergency Obstetrics theatre. The HDU has a total of six beds, each equipped with a functional patient monitor.
The Gynaecology ward has a triage area and 25 beds ward which admits gynaecological patients. It has a main theater where gynaecological operations are carried out. These facilities are further complemented by specialised outpatient clinics and a simulation laboratory.
These hospital facilities in addition to dedicated lecture rooms are vital for clinical teaching, practicals, hands-on teaching which we believe positively impacts on the students and lecturers/mentors.

The Department has one dedicated classroom and two side rooms on the wards that are used as teaching sites. All the lecturers have shared working space (4–6-seater offices) as offices except for a few senior members of staff who have private offices. There is a dedicated Library, 24-hour internet, a printer and intercom telephones in the departmental office. The faculty has also got Internet hot-spots in the four critical study areas in the faculty infrastructure (lecture theatres, library, faculty offices, clinical practicum areas and the hostels). Other teaching equipment available include: Ultrasound machine in the early pregnancy unit (2), Cardiotocograph (1), Models/mannequins, Colposcope (1), Cryotherapy machines, Leep Machine (2), Theatre with their equipment. (2), overhead projector (1), Computers (6), Printers (4), Slide projector (1), LCD Projector (1 fixed & 2 mobile), Lecture rooms, Wards, Theater, Laboratories and fully equipped simulation room that is shared by other departments.

Teaching and Learning

  • Programs and Courses taught
    • BM 4201: Obstetrics and Gynaecology I
    • MED 5202: Obstetrics and Gynaecology II
  • Student enrollment
    • Year 4: 60
    • Year 5: 60
  • Teaching methods / approaches
    • Lectures
    • Tutorials/ problem-based learning sessions
    • Expert resource sessions
    • Grand rounds
    • Clinical practicums (ward rounds, bedside teachings, calls, theatre and specialist clinics)
  • Student assessment
    • Each student has a log book which has several clinical scenarios that a student has to carry out under supervision and is assessed at end of the rotation and contributes to progressive assessment.
    • In addition, there two clinical and written progressive assessments which contribute 40%. The end of semester examination which include written, clinical and viva contribute 60%. The pass mark is 50%

Research and Grants (Ongoing and completed projects)

The Essential surgical training in operative Obstetrics (ETOO) program started in March 2018 to January 2021. It was supported by ministry of health (MOH), American college of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ACOG) and Association of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Uganda (AOGU).
The principal investigator was Professor Julius Wandabwa- Dean Busitema University Faculty of Health Sciences (BUFHS). We have trained a total of 75 intern doctors in many aspects including the following; (Knot tying, Hand washing, Sepsis prevention, Vacuum delivery, perineal tears repairs, management of PPH, retained placenta, and skills of carrying out a safe caesarean section among others. Generally, the program was a success as a result of committed trainers.We look forward for sustainability of this program because it clearly equpied the frontline cadres with real time skills in the battle against maternalband neonatal morbidity and mortality.

List of publications, conference papers and patents

  1. Prof. Julius N. Wandabwa: Julius Wandabwa - Google Scholar
  2. Dr. Milton W. Musaba: Musaba Milton - Google Scholar
  3. Dr. Stephen Waiswa
  4. Dr. Julius Nteziyaremye: ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6286-2867
  5. Dr. Kenneth Mugabe: ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3382-261X
  6. Dr. Dorreck Nahurira

List of Grants

  1. Dr. Nteziyaremye Julius: Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene grant for young researchers,Busitema University Research and Innovations Fund for small grants
  2. Dr. Musaba Milton: Busitema University Research and Innovation fund for small grants.

Community engagement / Achievements/ Success stories

The faculty has MOU with 17 HC IVs and districts for rural placement programs during the 1st, 2nd and 3rd years of study for community practice which includes Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal ,Child and Adolescents (RMNCH) health services.

Contact of the Department

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Faculty of Health Sciences Busitema University

P.O Box 1460, Mbale Campus