Years of armed conflicts, particularly in the eastern provinces, have left the country facing extreme poverty.
Uganda suffers from high rates of malnutrition due to poor diets, inadequate sanitation and hygiene, and a lack of awareness on proper infant care and feeding practices.
Hunger is also a major issue in the north of the country, partly as a result of lingering instability of a two-decade-old struggle against the Lord’s Resistance Army – a violent opposition group that terrorised the region.
The Ugandan government has continued its commitment to support refugees, allowing them to settle, allocating them a plot of land and allowing for their freedom of movement. The majority of the 1.4 million refugees currently living in Uganda are escaping conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.
This policy gives Action Against Hunger an unique opportunity to introduce sustainable projects for people affected by a large-scale humanitarian crisis.
Nevertheless, the sheer number of refugees who have fled into Uganda has strained the country’s services and resources.