East Africa Child Food Crisis
Save the Children knows that action now will prevent unnecessary deaths later. There is now a narrow window of opportunity to preposition and deliver humanitarian aid to prevent further deterioration of this hunger crisis through the lean season.
Our Emergency Health Unit has prepositioned medical supplies, water and sanitation equipment and shelter materials, and has carried out health and nutrition training to help prepare for a scale up. As we increase our response,we aim to reach 598,000 drought — and famine — affected children and adults over the next six months, as well as 148,400 South Sudanese refugees in Uganda through these expanded programs.
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Ugandan families and communities struggle to access healthcare, education and other basic services and young children often suffer disproportionately. The country's health indicators are among the lowest in sub-Saharan African. Preventable diseases - including prenatal and maternal illnesses, malaria and diarrhea — take a major toll. In the north, the search for peace continues amidst poverty, the lack of protection for children, scant food and dismal humanitarian conditions.
More than 39 Million
people live there
Girls only stay in school an average of 9 years
66 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday
A parent earns an average
of just $1 a day
Save the Children will continue to focus on protection, education, health, and food and economic security activities and how these initiatives can be more closely integrated. For example, protecting children will be a crosscutting theme across all programs. Our HIV/AIDS and orphaned and vulnerable children activities will be coupled with food security and economic opportunities programs. In addition, we will expand education initiatives so that more hard-to-reach children can attend and remain in school, and continue to tackle critical issues for pastoralist and fishing communities.
Our Work in
Last Year, Save the Children...
children from harm
children in times of crisis
provided 197,812 children
with a healthy start in life
gave 2,146 children
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Since 2014, Save the Children in Uganda has worked with local communities and organizations to design Sponsorship programs for kids. Targeted to help children from early childhood to early adulthood, our programs work to make a healthy and safe environment where children can learn and grow. Our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers. We also provide health education and care to children in need through our school health programs to help children stay healthy, well-nourished and in school. Thanks to the generous support from our community of sponsors, these essential programs in Uganda continue to give children a healthy start and the opportunity to learn, protecting them from harm along the way.
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Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report.
You can access detailed data here.
Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014