Uganda

Photo: Guy Calaf for Action Against Hunger, Uganda
Photo: Guy Calaf for Action Against Hunger, Uganda
Population
38.8 million
Human Development Index
163 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
244 employees
Program Start
1995

People Helped in 2019: 153,888

114,049
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
15,749
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
24,090
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

Uganda, with its progressive open door policy on refugees, continued to receive refugees in 2019: UNHCR estimates 190,000 new arrivals came from the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, and other countries. In total, Uganda hosts more than 1.3 million refugees. 

The large numbers of displaced people has put immense pressure on humanitarian operations amidst reduced funding. The refugee response has shifted to meet longer-term needs, specifically livelihood- and resilience-focused interventions. Still, basic immediate needs, such as water, sanitation, hygiene, and health services remain rampant in both settlements and host communities.

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Action Against Hunger implements sustainable and innovative solutions to address the humanitarian crisis in Uganda. We are the main actor in the nutrition sector in the country and serve as the primary World Food Program partner in preventing and treating moderate acute malnutrition natio wide. Working with community health teams and care group volunteers, we are increasing early detection of malnutrition and referrals to health centers. These teams also promote health-seeking behaviors and improved nutrition among pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and children under two years old. Toward the end of 2019, malnutrition rates had decreased in the areas where our nutrition programs are implemented. 

Our programs to improve livelihoods and build resilience also saw promising results in 2019, with increased food production and more diverse diets within families participating in the programs. We provided fresh food vouchers to refugee families to improve food security and to strengthen local markets. We also invested in the use of digital tools and data-driven optimization of livelihoods programs for smallholder farmers in order to improve the agricultural production system to address food security, nutrition and climate change adaptation.

Our teams also built latrines in public places and in homes, while promoting healthy behavior change with the help of community hygiene promoters. We saw positive changes as a result: increased latrine use, handwashing, and safe water storage.  

Learn more about our programs in Uganda: Read our 2018 Capacity Statement here. 

"This was a turning point in my life. I can manage my basic needs now. I have enough food to stock my house, I've sent my youngest child back to school, and I'm able to manage the hospital bills for my son. Now I have the courage to work even harder."—Margaret Akello, farmer, mother, and participant in Action Against Hunger livelihoods program, Uganda

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