Historically, AmeriCares has delivered shipments of medical aid and humanitarian relief to the country. In addition, we support volunteer medical teams travelling into the country to provide medical care to those who may have little or no access.
Snapshot of Uganda:
Uganda is a nation of over 35 million people recovering from a turbulent history marked by periods of violence and repression. With the second highest birth rate in the world and limited health services, poor families living in rural areas and in urban slums have little access to health care. In some communities, there is only one doctor serving 50,000 people. While the health situation is improving since the reduction in rebel violence and spill over of conflict from Uganda’s borders with the southern Darfur region of Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, healthy life expectancy is still only about 53 years. Critical health issues:
- Very high incidence of HIV/AIDS
- Very high risk of other communicable diseases including malaria, plague, typhoid and diarrheal disease
In 2012 AmeriCares sent a shipment of critical medicines and medical supplies to Mulago Hospital in Kampala, the nation’s capital. Mulago has 1,500 beds and provides the highest level of specialized care in the country to approximately 740,000 patients per year.
During the height of conflict in 2005, children were dying every day from malaria, diarrhea and other diseases that would have been easily treated by medicines found in any corner drug store in America. AmeriCares delivered over $2.6 worth of medicines, medical supplies and other humanitarian aid to help families forced to flee from their homes. The medical relief helped provide primary health care services to over 275,000 people living in refugee camps.
AmeriCares also donates medical products to qualified U.S. health care professionals who are traveling to Uganda to provide charitable medical care to some of the country’s most under-served people. Through this program, donated medicines and medical supplies reach impoverished and isolated communities where even basic medical care is inaccessible to the poor or often non-existent. Medical volunteers report back from an AmeriCares-supported mission in Uganda. Read more about their lifesaving work.
Recent News from Uganda
The Uganda Spine Surgery Mission, one of 1,200 volunteer medical teams supported by AmeriCares, performed life-changing surgery on a 13-year-old boy in Uganda. The team handles complex surgeries that would otherwise be unavailable, while providing training for local health care professionals.
California pediatrician, Mary Coleman and a medical team from Oakland, CA, helped save the lives of newborns and young patients at Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital in Uganda on a mission at supported by AmeriCares Medical Outreach Program.