With conflict plauging multiple countries bordering Uganda, including the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, The Ugandan government has maintained its commitment to supporting refugees, allowing them to settle and live outside a camp structure

Uganda

Uganda has been hosting over 1.3 million refugees since the end of 2017. 

COUNTRY OVERVIEW

With conflict plauging multiple countries bordering Uganda, including the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, The Ugandan government has maintained its commitment to supporting refugees, allowing them to settle and live outside a camp structure, allocating them land, and allowing for their freedom of movement.

The sheer number of refugees who have fled into Uganda has strained the country’s services and resources. Furthermore, refugees who have been living in Uganda for three or more years lack opportunities for sustainable economic independence and self-reliance.

597,390
People we helped in 2017

WHAT WE ARE DOING

In 2017, we significantly scaled up our programs to meet increasing needs. Violent conflict and hunger in South Sudan has forced thousands to flee to Uganda. In response, Action Against Hunger is working in a consortium led by the Danish Refugee Council to deliver emergency assistance to South Sudanese refugees in the Impevi settlement in West Nile, Uganda over a nine month period which started in July 2017. 

In settlements in the northern region, the prevalence of acute malnutrition is higher than in others. Anaemia is present among refugees across settlements. The need for safe water, access to sanitation and latrines, and maintenance of existing water points and sanitation facilities is critical. Action Against Hunger worked in refugee settlements to address direct and underlying causes of malnutrition. We ensured access to safe water and sanitation to prevent waterborne diseases that can cause malnutrition. We improved food security among refugees across the country and host communities in the Northern region.

We have launched an  emergency response programme in Bidi Bidi, the world’s largest refugee settlement, and in nearby Adjumani to respond to the humanitarian needs of refugees in the short term, and in the longer term. where we work in partnership with UNHCR and the government of Uganda. Here, we are:

  • Supporting health centres in host communities and in refugee settlements to provide lifesaving screening and treatment for severely malnourished children
  • Educating and empowering mothers and caregivers about proper care and feeding practices to prevent malnutrition and improve child health.
  • Ensuring that refugees and host communities have adequate access to safe water and sanitation.
  • Building wells and drilling boreholes to deliver sustainable sources of clean water, and educating communities about healthy hygiene and sanitation practices. 

 

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Facts

Number of Staff
177
Operating since
1995
Based in
Kampala, Yumbe, Kiryandongo, Adjumani, Kaabong