Since achieving independence in 1962, Uganda has seen significant political and economic improvements.
Yet today around half its population continues to live on less than $1.25 a day and the north, ravaged by more than two decades of conflict, has seen particularly slow improvements in the lives of its population.
Health: internationally recgnised for its response to HIV, Uganda’s decisive action led to a significant decline in prevalence rates. Despite this, HIV remains a leading cause of death in the country. Alongside the human and economic cost of HIV, Uganda faces other significant health issues including malaria.
Governance: while Uganda was one of the first countries to benefit from cancellation of some debts through the World Bank’s Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative, its external debt continues to grow. At the same time many areas are yet to see real benefits from spending because local government often lacks the capacity to effectively implement projects.
Refugees: conflict in countries bordering Uganda has led around 150,000 people to seek refuge in the country. Many arrive in Uganda having lived through terrible ordeals in their own countries, but because they cannot speak English find it difficult to access support.
Our work in Uganda supports local organisations as they help communities respond to urgent needs while calling on local and national government to tackle the systems and structures that keep people poor.
We are helping people protect themselves from malaria by raising awareness about how the disease is spread and providing vulnerable groups with mosquito nets.
We are also raising awareness of HIV, challenging stigma associated with it and supporting people affected by the virus.
Our partner the Refugee Law Project has a strong track record of drawing attention to human rights issues which are often widely ignored and in 2009 won Best Documentary for Gender Against Men at the Kenya International Film Festival.
Through their work with Uganda’s police force, education on refugee rights is now included in national police training.
Christian Aid works with the Uganda Debt Network to ensure that people living in poor communities can influence the decisions that affect their lives and that government delivers on the promises it makes.
With support from Christian Aid, Canon Gideon Byamugisha, the first Anglican priest to speak publicly about living with HIV, has been working with the Friends of Canon Gideon Foundation. It supports religious leaders and institutions to tackle stigma against those living with the virus and encourage their congregations to protect themselves and others.
We support the Church of Uganda's work on malaria with Nets for Life. Church of Uganda has a strong track record of providing education on malaria and distributing nets.
What you can do
• Help us continue our support of partners in Uganda by donating.
• Help us eradicate poverty and injustice by taking action
• Read the article 'The Rape of Men' by Will Storr of The Observer, written after a visit with Christian Aid to the Refugee Law Project (contains upsetting content).
• Read about an award given to Will Storr for the above article.
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