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.


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. During the first half of 2018, more than 110,000 South Sudanese arrived. 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 who have walked days without food, water or rest. You can help children in Uganda and throughout drought-ravaged Africa.

The Challenge for Uganda's Children

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

  • 72% of girls 15 and older are literate
  • 17% of school-age children are out of school
  • 53 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
  • 16% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 21% of people live in poverty
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Our Work for Children in Uganda

Uganda is now the largest refugee-hosting nation in Africa, with over 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 2018 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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