Joint Press Release Kampala June 6, 2018

New report details situation of child poverty and deprivation among refugees and host communities

People living in Uganda’s refugee hosting districts – both people from host communities and refugees - are deprived of basic services like water, sanitation and shelter.

This, according to a study on Child Poverty and Deprivation in Refugee Hosting Areas by the Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC), the University of Cardiff and UNICEF, which assessed child poverty, deprivation and social service delivery in refugee and host communities in West Nile, the South West, and Kampala.  

Alisaati cuddles her baby upon return from school

For only 150,000 Uganda shillings (USD 41) a young girl was married off at 12 years in Buyanga village, Iganga District, Eastern Uganda.

Alisaati Namagembe, now 14 years and a mother of a one year old son had always been an ardent student, good at mathematics and very focused. She aspired to be a Mathematics teacher and strongly believed and still does, that she would achieve her dream through education. Unfortunately, in 2016, her journey was interrupted when she was forcefully married off by her mother. She was a child and only 12 years old!

A refugee John prepares for the first meal of the day

It is 7:00am and refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo are about to enjoy their first meal of the day-breakfast, out of three meals provided at Nyakabande Transit Centre in Kisoro, Western Uganda. Byamungu John is seated with his family waiting for his wife to return with sugar for the family to have their porridge. John is the sole bread winner for the family of twelve that includes his wife, sister in law and nine children. Byamungu was working to fend for his family until the fighting in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) intensified. “We would hear gunshots and reports of people being kidnapped and killed,’ says Byamungu. This forced Byamungu and his family to start their journey for refuge in Uganda.

Un accompanoied childrefugeees from DRC

Lisa, 14, and Lisie 15, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) look forlorn as they wait for a UNHCR truck to transport them from Nteko border point to Nyakabande Transit Centre in Kisoro, Western Uganda. It is 60kms from Nteko to Nyakabande.

Lisa and Lisie are sisters who arrived in Uganda on the morning of February 16, 2018. They lost both parents when the rebels attacked their home in DRC in October 2017. The two sisters crossed to Uganda by themselves having walked for 21kms

Cholera Outbreak among DRC refugees hoima

On 15th February 2018, a 60-year-old man was identified at the entry point in Sebagoro landing site, Kabwoya sub county, Hoima district presenting with vomiting, fever and acute watery diarrhea. On the same day, a total of three deaths were also reported with similar signs and symptoms. Ten stool samples were collected out of which seven samples grew Vibrio cholera confirming the outbreak.

Refugees from Congo 60 percent Children

Jack, 34, and his family from the Democratic Republic of Congo have had sleepless nights for the past two months. Upon arrival in Ntoroko in Western Uganda on February 11, 2018, Jack, his wife and 5 children were relieved to finally ‘enjoy’ a good night sleep.

“We have been on alert for the past two months without sleeping. When the fighting intensified, we ran for safety. Do you know how it feels to spend months without any sleep? When we arrived at the Catholic Church (in Ntoroko-Uganda), we were excited that we can sleep. Even though it is on the floor, we have not enjoyed this kind of sleep for some time,” Jack Kabagambe explains with a smile.

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In close collaboration with the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) and UNICEF Uganda, the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED) launched the on-line National Social Service Delivery Equity Atlas. The Atlas provides an intuitive approach to present outcome and financial data through a rigorous tool that openly speaks to equity, equality, efficiency and effectiveness.

uganda court of arms

What Works for Africa’s Poorest Children?

Social Policies and Programmes for Children Living in Extreme Deprivation


While there has been substantial progress in reducing global poverty in recent years, hundreds of millions of vulnerable children remain trapped in extreme poverty. This is especially the case on the African continent, where children account for the majority and growing proportion of the population. Despite rapid economic growth in several African countries, as well as significant achievements in both development and humanitarian interventions, a staggering number of African children remain vulnerable to extreme levels of deprivation.

education for all

Strategy aims to support children participate in decisions that affect their lives

KAMPALA, 15 November, 2017                                                               

Joint Press Release - Government of Uganda, Unicef and Save the Children 

The Government of Uganda has today launched its first-ever National Child Participation Strategy, which provides direction for key stakeholders – families, communities, parents, leaders, teachers, policy makers, children, etc -  to promote meaningful and quality child participation at all levels of Ugandan society.

By Anne Lydia Sekandi

Kaabong District, Uganda– Imagine being a young adolescent girl, with a one year-old baby of your own, and ailing aging parents to singlehandedly look after.

Arrival refugees



The Government of Japan has contributed US$10 million (approximately 35.9 billion Uganda shillings) to UNHCR (US$4 million), UNICEF (US$3 million), and WFP (US$3 million) to support the emergency response to South Sudanese refugees and host communities in Northern Uganda.