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Uganda

Uganda hosts the most refugees of all African countries, with a total of 1.3 million - including 1 million people from South Sudan. HI is helping these refugees to become independent and provides psychological support and rehabilitation care, whilst ensuring that all children can go to school.

Children play on swings in the newly opened settlement Omugo

Children play on swings in the newly opened settlement Omugo | © K.Petrus / HI

Our actions

After suspending its operations in 2013, HI relaunched a program in Uganda in the summer of 2017 to support the large numbers of refugees entering the country, most of whom had fled the conflict in South Sudan. The organisation is working to identify those with specific needs (people with disabilities, elderly people, single mothers with children, unaccompanied children, etc.) and facilitates their access to services in the refugee settlements.

HI offers vulnerable refugees psychosocial support and mental health services – many refugees have witnessed or experienced significant trauma. We also provide  rehabilitation care and distribute mobility aids (crutches, wheelchairs, etc.)to help people with disabilities gain greater independence. 

In 2019 HI Uganda will test one of HI’s innovative technologies, using telemedicine and 3D printers to create orthoses (splints and braces) for refugees with injuries or disabilities. 

Areas of intervention

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Map of Humanity & Inclusion's interventions in Uganda

Country situation

With a population of 40 million people, 20% of whom live below the poverty line, Uganda has enjoyed a relatively stable political system since the mid-2000s, unlike most other countries in the Great Lakes region.

With a population of 40 million people, 20% of whom live below the poverty line, Uganda has enjoyed a relatively stable political system since the mid-2000s, unlike most other countries in the Great Lakes region.
Uganda currently faces one of the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world. The continuous fighting in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, in parallel with deteriorating conditions caused by several seasons of drought in the region, has resulted in a massive increase in primarily South Sudanese and Congolese refugees arriving to Uganda since mid-2016.  Uganda’s refugee population has almost tripled in this time and is currently around 1.35 million, making it the largest refugee host in Africa, and third largest in the world.

The country has adopted a generous asylum policy, with refugees offered freedom of movement, along with the right to work, own assets, and access education/health services. However, it is a challenge to ensure that vulnerable refugees have fair and equal access to humanitarian aid and essential services.

Number of HI staff members: 65 
Date the programme opened: 2009 (2017)