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Just The Facts

Health

  • There are an estimated 5,500 AIDS deaths per day in Africa.(World Health Organization). In Uganda, around 1.2 million adults (aged 15 or over) live with HIV/AIDS or 6.5% of the adult population.(UNAIDS)
  • About 80% of illnesses in developing countries are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions. In Uganda, 54% of households travel 30 minutes or more to fetch their drinking water, 17% in urban areas and 62% in rural areas. (Uganda Demographic and Health Survey)
  • According to WHO, Uganda’s healthcare system is one of the worst in the world, ranking 186th out of 191 nations. In Uganda, about 51% of people don’t have any contact with public healthcare facilities.
  • With only 38% of healthcare posts filled in Uganda, the country suffers a chronic shortage of trained health workers. Some 70% of Ugandan doctors and 40% of nurses and midwives are based in urban areas, serving only 12% of the Ugandan population.
  • In Uganda, about 16% of under-fives are underweight and many more are stunted (39%), lack essential nutrients. (WHO 2000-2009)

Education

  • According to UNESCO, Uganda has a very low primary survival rate of 33% in the East African region. In sub-saharan Africa, more than 30 percent of primary school students drop out before reaching a final grade (UN– DPI/2650 B – 2010).
  • According to UNICEF, with 2.5 million orphans in Uganda, orphans’ education is not a family priority due to the lack of financial means and high number of dependents.
  • According to UNICEF, nearly 1 in 5 girls who enrolls in primary school does not complete her primary education. One in ten school-aged African girls either skips school during menstruation or drops out entirely because of lack of hygiene solutions.
  • “Investment in girls’ education may well be the highest return investment available in the developing world.” – Lawrence Summers, Former Chief Economist, World Bank.
  • Educated women decide to have a skilled health worker present at their delivery 84% of the time, which translates to a higher chance of survival for mother and baby.

Community

  • According to the World Bank, Uganda’s economy has grown at a slower pace, reducing its impact on poverty. In the five years to 2016, average annual growth was 4.5%, compared to 7% in years before.
  • With about 35 million people, Uganda has one of the world’s youngest population with over 51% and 78% of its population below the age of 15 and 30 years respectively.
  • About 80 per cent of Ugandan derive livelihood from agriculture but the sector is performing miserably due to lack of agricultural education.
  • According to the UNDP, Ugandan per capita income in 2015 was US$ 801, which is still much less than Sub-Saharan average of US$ 1,127.
  • More Ugandans are slipping into poverty with the number of poor people increasing from 6.6 million in 2012/13 to 10 million in 2016/17, translating into income poverty levels rising from 19.7 per cent to 27 per cent. (Uganda National Household Survey 2016/17 report – UBOS)
  • Because of the limited availability of safety net programs, total spending on social security was 1% of GDP in 2013, compared to an average of 2.8% for Sub-Saharan Africa. (World Bank)

Children

  • About 2,000 children in Sub-Saharan Africa die each day from malaria. (World Health Organization). That is almost one death every 45 seconds.
  • According to UNICEF, Uganda has 2.5 million orphans; 1.2 million of them are orphaned as a result of AIDS. Due to the lack of financial means, orphans’ education is not a priority, causing either non-enrollment or a high absenteeism from school and often high drop-out rates.
  • 700,000 Africans die each year from waterborne diseases – 90% are children under five years old. (World Health Organization)
  • An estimated 529,000 women die annually from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth, leaving behind children who are more likely to die because they are motherless. (World Health Organization)
  • Fifty percent of pregnant women in developing countries lack proper maternal care, resulting in over 300,000 maternal deaths annually. (thp.org)