Human Development Index
163 (out of 188 countries ranked)
People Helped in 2019: 153,888
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs
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.
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.
"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