Help Save Children in Uganda

Ugandan families and communities struggle to access healthcare, education and basic services for their children while preventable diseases, like malaria and diarrhea, take a major toll on children’s health. In the north, Ugandan children face violence, poverty, scant food and dismal humanitarian conditions. And this year, an influx of refugees fleeing famine and hunger, is adding to Uganda’s challenges.


Fears are quickly escalating as the Ebola virus continues to devastate the Democratic Republic of Congo and has now spread across the border into Uganda. The deadly virus has claimed the lives of more than 1,400 people in the DRC, including hundreds of children. The number of confirmed cases in Uganda is on the rise. As our teams work around the clock to help communities fight this deadly disease, your support is urgently needed. Help by donating to our Children’s Emergency Fund today.

The Challenge for Uganda's Children

Living in poverty, with little access to healthcare and education, children in Uganda need your help.*

  • 21% of people live in poverty
  • 1 child in 20 dies before their 5th birthday - 7 times that of the United States
  • 29% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
  • 23% of school-age children are out of school
  • 16% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 20% of girls age 15-19 are married
  • 1 in 9 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
  • 28% of girls age 15 and older struggle to read or write
Map of Uganda

How You’re Changing Children’s Lives

Thanks to giving people like you, our work for children in Uganda is making a difference.

Uganda is now the largest refugee-hosting nation in Africa, with over 1.1 million refugees. There are fears that there will eventually be nearly 1 million child refugees in Uganda.

Save the Children in Uganda is working in six refugee sites. Many children have walked for days without food, water or rest and are in desperate need of healthcare, food and water. Our Emergency Health Unit has helped to rapidly scale-up health services to meet refugees’ needs. We provide primary health care, reproductive health care, family planning and childhood vaccinations. We also run over 30 child-friendly spaces and have started accelerated learning programs and classroom construction so that children can catch up on their educations.

Outside of the refugee camps, we work with local communities focusing on protection, education, health, and food and economic security activities and how these initiatives can be more closely integrated. In addition, we are expanding education initiatives so that more hard-to-reach children can attend and remain in school.

  • Protected 66,114 children from harm
  • Supported 89,596 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 312,790 children with a healthy start in life
  • Gave 20,169 children vital nourishment
  • Supported 3,154 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs

How to Help Children in Uganda

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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