Northern Uganda Community Health Programs
Equitable access to health care services remains a critical concern in Uganda. Over the past two decades, Northern Uganda suffered severe violence instigated by Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army. This violence deprived the population of basic needs and quality health care services. Since 2010, the majority of the community has returned to their home areas from the internally displaced persons' camps.
Most residents in Padar & Lira do not have access to health services, resulting in very high mortality rates. Most health indicators fall below the MDG targets, according to 2012 Uganda NEMA reports. HIV and AIDS flourish in Northern Uganda, and Nodding Syndrome afflicts children and families who have few options for help.