Uganda Program Updates

Program Updates for USAID Uganda

Last updated: November 14, 2019

November 14, 2019

Merab Namiwanda is an instructor at Ssanje Community Polytechnic Institute and a professional plumber. The mother of four attended a mason training conducted by USAID’s Uganda Sanitation for Health Activity in Kyotera, which demonstrated an improved sanitation product called SATO. SATO products are plastic devices distributed in Uganda by Nice House of Plastics on behalf of the Japanese company Lixil; they use a trap door to seal off toilets when not in use and provide a washable floor and hygienic experience for the user. Merab quickly grasped the benefits, including eliminating flies and odors from the toilet. Immediately after the training, she installed two SATO pans at her home.

November 14, 2019

In Uganda, only 17 percent of the population has access to improved sanitation. Even though almost 80 percent of households are reported to have some form of toilet, the quality of these facilities is often very poor, and expose Ugandans to diseases. Inadequate sanitary conditions at households, schools, and health centers cost the country the equivalent of USD$177 million per year in lost productivity and medical costs. Sanitation, therefore, remains a shared responsibility. Masons like Abeed Gabunga play a significant role in ensuring quality workmanship for improved sanitation.

September 18, 2019

At the age of 14, Annet Amony and her siblings were among what is now commonly known as “night commuters,” children who walked long distances from their villages to towns in search of a safe place to sleep, just to walk back the next morning. In the 1990’s, Northern Uganda was the battleground for a war between Uganda’s government and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA); villages were not safe - especially at night. Young girls were abducted and forced to become wives and slaves, while young boys were forcefully recruited as child soldiers. UNICEF estimates that over 40,000 children were routinely commuting at night to local towns in Northern Uganda in search of somewhere safe to sleep.

May 15, 2019

For decades Karamoja was a site of a brutal conflict between tribes who fought over land, raided cattle, and revenged the thefts with violence and sometimes death. Although the Ugandan government has successfully campaigned to disarm tribes since 2001, sporadic cattle raiding continues to ignite anger and periodic violence.

March 28, 2019

She was minutes old when we met her cuddled on her mother. Linda Chepkemboi rested her hand protectively over her baby.  This 19-year-old mother was tired but happy, and her child, yet to be named, was her first. Linda was forced to drop out of school and leave her parents’ home, when she discovered she was pregnant.