Who we serve in Uganda

Our work in Uganda began with Ugandans. We cared for people forced by violence to leave home in other parts of their country. Today, as the political landscape in neighboring countries has changed, we now care for people seeking refuge in Uganda and for the local community.

Currently, about 1.5 million people have sought refuge in Uganda. We care for a population of about 1.1 million people across the country.

Most of the people we serve come from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, and Rwanda. The politics of each country have often resulted in conflict or violence, forcing people to leave home with little warning. They arrive in Uganda scared and exhausted after life-threatening journeys to safety.

Many refugees in Uganda want to go home again. They only leave because their lives are at risk. Many are eager to help their neighbors by volunteering or providing support in other ways.

What’s happening in Uganda

Uganda is the fourth largest host of refugees in the world. As the most politically stable country relative to its neighbors, many people fleeing violence take shelter there.

That said, as the largest host of refugees in Africa, Uganda’s health system has been strained by the influx of people. Many international aid organizations, including Medical Teams, partner with the Ugandan government to care for refugees.

Our team in Uganda

Our team in Uganda consists of more than 3,000 team members at 7 different sites across the country. Most of our full-time staff are from Uganda, and about 17% of our staff are refugees themselves. About 47% of our team are local volunteers, largely from the communities we serve. We trust and value their unique perspective and insights about what their communities need.


Note: The numbers and statistics reflected on this page were collected from October 2021 – September 2022.