Uganda

Women in Uganda farm as a part of our food security and livelihoods program.
Photo: ACF-Uganda, T. Frank
Population
36.35 million
Malnutrition in Children under 5
14%
2011, UNICEF
Our Team
84 employees
Program Start
1995

People Helped in 2014: 160,072

4,515
People Received Nutritional Support 
7,010
People Accessed Safe Water and Sanitation 
148,547
People Gained Economic Self Sufficiency 
As of 2011, some five years after the collapse of the Lord’s Resistance Army’s insurgency in northern Uganda, some semblance of stability returned to Uganda’s troubled north, bringing more than 20 years of insecurity and displacement to a close while unleashing new needs as the displaced sought a return to their pre-crisis lives.
 
As some two million Ugandans began to return to their ancestral homes after two decades in makeshift camps, they lacked the resources needed to rebuild their lives. Action Against Hunger was there to continue its support for these communities, now dispersed across Uganda’s vast north, as their need for clean water, sanitation, and livelihood support multiplied.
 
And beyond supporting the Ugandan community itself, in 2014 Action Against Hunger responded to an influx of South Sudanese refugees into Uganda, specifically in Adjumani and Kiryandongo refugee settlement camps, drilling for water and building latrines, showers, and hand washing points. We focused on nutrition, promoting infant and young child feeding programs and implementing community integrated management of acute malnutrition. We also supported health centers in treating moderate and severe acute malnutrition in the refugee sites.
 
Across these programs, we worked with partners to stem gender-based violence in 2014. Over 165 training sessions were delivered on gender-based violence, gender equality, and land and property rights for 12,723 women and 4,834 men. In addition, over sixty women’s groups were identified and trained to cope with gender-based violence in Amuru, Nwoya, and Otuke.
 
Elsewhere, our teams are working with the pastoralist communities of the Karamoja in Uganda’s northeast, addressing endemic water and sanitation problems, high rates of malnutrition, and the need for diversified livelihoods. In 2014, Action Against Hunger assisted some 160,000 people across Uganda.

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