Uganda Children

Child Hunger Crisis and Famine Relief Fund

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Children in Africa are facing extreme hunger and a devastating food crisis. Uganda is now the largest refugee hosting nation in Africa, with over 1 million refugees. There are fears that at the current pace, there will be nearly 1 million child refugees in Uganda by the end of 2017. Save the Children in Uganda is operating six refugee sites, and our Emergency Health Unit has helped to rapidly scale-up health services to meet refugees’ needs, including the many children have walked days without food, water or rest. Learn More.

The situation is growing worse by the day – if we don’t act now, many children risk losing their lives. You can help children in Uganda.

About Uganda

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.

Facts About

More than 39 Million
live there

About 20% of girls and boys are out of school

55 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

Our Work

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...

protected 32,601
from harm

supported 66,643
in times of crisis

provided 197,812 children
with a healthy start in life

gave 2,146 children
vital nourishment

Sponsor A Child

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 2017 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015;

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