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“We ran from too many gunshots that went on throughout the night. My parents died. My siblings have been killed. So we had to run. We ran to the border."

 -Matata, a Congolese refugee in Uganda


Uganda is one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world. It has been affected by almost 20 years of insecurity due to attacks from the “Lord’s Resistance Army” (LRA).

The LRA targeted children as soldiers because they were easier to kidnap and forcibly indoctrinate to its' violent ideals. Children were kidnapped, abused, and forced to commit horrendous acts to survive until they became "brainwashed" into violent killing machines.

While recent peace has boosted its development, the new refugees crises put a serious strain on Uganda's already-weakened healthcare system.

At least 20,000 Ugandan children were abducted by the LRA.

Violent roadblocks to development

Communities in North Uganda have suffered greatly. The LRA attacked communities in North Uganda for years and the area is now the poorest in the nation.

Access to health care services for women and children remains a critical concern as the severe violence slowed development of infrastructure and quality health care services.
Peace finally began in August 2006, and the country made significant progress towards its 2015 Millennium Development Goals, but major challenges to maternal and child health remain.

Refugee crisis in Uganda

Fighting in Uganda’s neighboring countries has pushed hundreds of thousands of refugees into border areas within the last few years. Homes are looted, towns change hands between forces, and both men and women suffer violence as a weapon of war.

This puts intense pressure on a system that is still struggling to recover and meet the needs of its own people. It is vital that enough support is in place to help the system heal and continue to grow.

Most recently, refugees have fled into Uganda to escape conflict in South Sudan, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Our work in Uganda

We are working to restore a supportive healthcare system for Ugandans and the floods of refugees. Our programs support local community care and are supporting the development of emergency transport committees.

Critical preventative care like HIV testing and supporting Community Health, and treatment for stigmatized issues like Nodding Syndrome are keys to building a strong and stable health care system.
MTI staff treats a South Sudanese refugee child in Adjumani in Northern Uganda.

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