Tackling malnutrition in Uganda with homegrown solutions
KICUZI, Uganda, 17 May 2013 – Peter, Erik and Dalton Butetera are huddled in a corner of their hut while health worker Beatrice Asaba prepares millet porridge at their home in Ibanda District in southwestern Uganda. Despite their different ages – Peter is 4, Erik 3, and Dalton only 2 years old – the brothers are nearly the same size. All three children are malnourished, and their physical similarity is the result of stunting.
A new pneumonia vaccine is launched to save thousands of children
IGANGA DISTRICT, Uganda, 10 May 2013 – Pneumonia is one of the top three killer diseases of children under the age of 5 globally. In Uganda, pneumonia kills up to 24,000 children every year before their fifth birthday. But now thousands of children’s lives will be saved by the recent introduction of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV).
New mobile application helps speed up family reunification for Congolese child refugees in Uganda
KAMWENGE DISTRICT, western Uganda, 19 March 2013 – Pascal, 15, fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo when rebels attacked his village. He arrived at Rwamwanja refugee settlement, Uganda, a month ago.
Family Health Days bring Ugandans the routine medical care they need
KABAROLE, Uganda, 4 March 2013 – Priscilla Tusima, a mother of two, used to worry a lot about her children falling sick with diarrhoea, malaria and other diseases. As her family lives in a remote area in western Uganda, where health facilities are lacking, she found it hard to access basic medical care.
UNICEF public service announcement urges focus on HIV prevention
KAMPALA, Uganda, 16 July 2012 – For the first time, UNICEF is supporting the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year Awards 2012. These prestigious awards were established in 1995 to encourage, promote and recognize excellence in journalism across the African continent.
In Uganda, promoting the rights of children with disabilities on the Day of the African Child
KAMPALA, Uganda, 15 June 2012 – Children with disabilities are the most marginalized and vulnerable group in Uganda. They are often abused, exploited and excluded by society, denying them of their right to health, protection and education.
Podcast #60: Day of the African Child draws attention to children living with disabilities
NEW YORK, USA, 14 June 2012 –The Day of the African Child commemorates the day in 1976 when hundreds of black schoolchildren were killed in Soweto, South Africa, as they took to the streets to protest against an inferior education system and to advocate for the right to be taught in their own language.
Reflections on the UN General Assembly Special Session on Children, ten years on
KAMPALA, Uganda, 8 May 2012 – It all began at the age of 15, after winning the title of ‘best debater’ in an inter-school debating competition. After winning the award, I received a call from UNICEF informing me that I had been selected to represent Ugandan children at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children in New York in 2002. This marked the beginning of my journey as an advocate for the rights of children, youth and women.
In Uganda, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake addresses malnutrition at the 126th Inter-Parliamentary Union
KAMPALA, Uganda, 5 April 2012 – An estimated 180 million children across the globe are stunted, the outcome of chronic nutritional deficiency during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life.
In Uganda, UNICEF Executive Director Lake sees innovation in action, calls on global community to combat undernutrition
KAMPALA, Uganda, 4 April 2012 – The power of innovation to tackle major challenges took centre stage during UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake’s visit to Kampala this week.
U-report application revolutionizes social mobilization, empowering Ugandan youth
KAMPALA, Uganda, 14 March 2012 – U-report, a new communications technology developed by UNICEF Uganda and launched in May 2011, is revolutionizing social mobilization, monitoring and response efforts. The initiative equips mobile phone users with the tools to establish and enforce new standards of transparency and accountability in development programming and services.
Reaching the vulnerable Ik community of Uganda’s Karamoja Region
KARAMOJA REGION, Uganda, 5 March 2012 – Magdalena, 12, is eager to go to school. She dreams of becoming a nurse or a doctor one day, to serve her people when she grows up.
UNICEF partners with religious communities to end violence against children
NEW YORK, USA, 29, November 2011—Mohamed, a 15-year-old in Mauritania, used to be frightened to go to his Madrassa (Qur’anic school) because he was regularly hit by the teacher. “It upset me a lot… sometimes I was beaten up badly,” he said.
In Uganda, world leaders focus on creating a safer future for children
KAMPALA, Uganda, 22 November, 2011—Florence Hadija Nalwooga, 13, walked quietly to the podium on November 19 to address the first-ever National Day of Prayer and Action for Children in Uganda.
UNICEF-supported sanitation and hygiene initiatives improving living conditions in Uganda
KYENJOJO, Uganda, 11 November, 2011 - Selegio Kamihanda used to worry a lot about his family getting sick from worms and diarrhoea, but all this is changing for the better, he says, as he waves to his grandchildren while standing in the morning light in his compound. Selegio, a father and grandfather, lives in the Kyangabukama village, a place set among densely planted banana trees and rolling hills in Kyenjojo District, western Uganda. The village is among 16 ‘model villages’ in the district that have implemented a community-led sanitation approach for improved hygiene and sanitary behaviours with UNICEF’s support.
UNICEF-developed computer kiosk aims to provide information access to isolated communities in Uganda
KAMWOKYA, Uganda, 14 October, 2011 – A unique innovation developed by UNICEF called ‘The Digital Drum’ will be featured as part of a new exhibition by the American Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, exploring various design solutions to address the challenges created by rapid urban growth in informal settlements.
Ugandan children work with community leaders to end violence in schools
KAMPALA, Uganda, 30 September 2011 - Emmanuel, 17, from Masindi District, Uganda, sits contemplatively near a window, with an expression of quiet determination on his face. Bathed in the golden light spilling forth through the pane, his academic journey thus far has been anything but sunny.
Bio-gas pilot project meets energy and safety needs for rural families in Uganda
MOROTO, Uganda, 1 September 2011 – In a village in the remote Karamoja sub-region of Uganda, a mother breaks up pieces of wood to build her fire and prepare a meal. As she does so, she provides a deeper insight into this seemingly mundane daily task.
In Uganda, UNICEF and partners invest in young people
KABAROLE DISTRICT, Western Uganda, 12 August 2011 - In an outdoor market in Kabarole District, western Uganda, Veronica Nabagasela carefully sorts her produce of the day: fresh purple-colored onions, which spill out of their cloth sacks. She arranges them for customers, some of whom share a few words about the weather before moving on.
Spreading the word about infant and young child nutrition in Uganda
KIBIITO, Uganda, 2 August 2011 – In the lush district of Kibiito, western Uganda, the morning mists have quickly burned off the banana-covered hillsides by the time mothers have lined up at a local health centre for check-ups. Some women carry children on their backs, wrapped tightly in a colourful tied cloth known as a kitenge. One mother simply balances her baby on her hip, casually shifting him from side to side as the line moves forward.
UNICEF and the European Union combat malnutrition in drought-stricken Uganda
KARAMOJA, Uganda, 27 June 2011 – A passing herd of cattle is a common sight in Karamoja, where the sound of their hooves gets lost in the gusts of wind that carry dust far beyond the village limit.
Uganda modernizes birth registration process
KAMPALA, Uganda, 13 December 2010 - When Beatrice Nassanga, 15, a student at Aga Khan High School met with Speaker Edward Ssekandi some months ago, she had a singular mission: persuade him to convince Parliament to declare birth registration mandatory for every child in Uganda.
UNICEF supports Uganda's committment to fight violence against women and children
MUNYONYO, Uganda, 10 December 2010 - "Today we are starting a three-day journey for creating a shared vision about a Ugandan society in which women and children live with no fear, in dignity and to their full potential."
UNICEF supports efforts to help mothers keep children HIV-free in Uganda
KASESE, Uganda, 1 December 2010 – Hariet Tumushme, 28, is pregnant with her fifth child. Four months ago, Ms. Tumushme learned that she was living with HIV and began to worry that she would pass the virus to her child. To try to keep her child free of HIV, she started taking anti-retroviral medication, or ARVs, which she receives free of charge at a small, roadside health clinic here in western Uganda.
Uganda conference addresses cutting-edge issues of technology for development
KAMPALA, Uganda, 19 November 2010 – How can applications for mobile phones help to meet the world’s toughest development issues? That was the big question at the Mobile Communication Technology for Development (M4D) conference held in Kampala last week.
Ugandans call for action at UNICEF-sponsored 'Future Search' conference in Karamoja
MUNYONYO, Uganda, 16 November 2010 – How do you improve life for people living in Karamoja, the poorest region of Uganda? That was the question facing some 60 lawmakers, young people, development partners, civil society representatives and other leaders who recently gathered for a three-day planning meeting in Munyonyo, Uganda.
Counsellor for child soldiers, featured in film, discusses her work in Uganda
NEW YORK, USA, 12 October 2010 – Tonight, the United Nations office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict hosts the world premiere of the award-winning documentary ‘Children of War.’
African Youth Forum delegates set to deliver their call to action to AU Summit leaders
MUNYONYO, Uganda, 23 July 2010 – Bonolo Cebe, 18,of South Africa is one of the three young delegates selected by their peers to present a call to action to leaders at the 15th session of the Assembly of African Union Summit this Sunday, 25 July. Over 100 young people from 40 countries drafted the message earlier this week in Uganda, at the first-ever African Youth Forum, or AYF.
African Youth Forum issues call to action for leaders at Uganda summit
ENTEBBE, UGANDA, 20 July 2010 – A group of more than 100 young people from across Africa are ready to deliver a clear message to leaders of the countries in the African Union, who will be attending the 2010 AU Summit in Kampala, the Ugandan capital.
Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow visits Ugandan children affected by conflict
GULU and KOTIDO, Uganda, 16 July 2010 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow has made a round of visits to Uganda communities this week, in advance of her participation in the first-ever African Youth Forum, which begins tomorrow in Entebbe.
Ugandan delegates prepare to speak out on development at first African Youth Forum
KAMPALA,Uganda, 13 July 2010 – At first glance, it seems an ordinary day in the UNICEF country office here – until the cameras zoom in and reporters begin interviewing young people selected as the Ugandan delegates to the first-ever African Youth Forum, or AYF. The Forum will be held in Entebbe from 17 to 19 July.
With few resources, creative thinking saves lives in Ugandan hospital
GULU DISTRICT, Uganda, 23 June 2010 – For the past 25 years, a member of the Comboni Catholic missionary service by the name of Brother Helio Croce has been devising unique, low-cost ways to help save lives in Uganda.
UNICEF and partners work to change attitudes about dangers of cholera in Uganda
HAMUKUNGU, Uganda, 8 June 2010 – As this fishing village comes to life in the early morning, a young girl wades into Lake George and fills a bright yellow plastic container with water.
Girls' Education Movement promotes schooling for vulnerable children in Uganda
KYENJOJO DISTRICT, Uganda, 19 April 2010 – Peace Margaret Atwooki, 14, is back in school after a four-year absence.
Emergency assistance reaching thousands after landslides in Uganda
BUDUDA DISTRICT, Uganda, 16 March 2010 – Two weeks after deadly landslides engulfed three villages in eastern Uganda, emergency assistance is reaching those who need it. But continued heavy rains and flooding have raised the fear that similar landslides may occur in neighbouring districts.
‘Beyond School Books’ – a podcast series on education in emergencies
NEW YORK, USA, 12 March 2010 – This year, UNICEF’s flagship Humanitarian Action Report – launched in February – estimates that at least 1.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Uganda due to droughts, flooding, internal displacement and the return of at least 300,000 Ugandans following the cessation of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) activities.
Landslide in eastern Uganda leaves 77 dead and hundreds missing
BUDADA DISTRICT, UGANDA, 8 MARCH 2010 – A swift, deadly landslide buried three villages in Budada District, in eastern Uganga, on 1 March, killing 77 people and leaving some 2,000 others displaced.
A second chance for children living on the streets of Uganda
KAPUAT, Uganda, 4 January 2010 – At first sight, John Bosco Abura is a carefree 15-year-old boy. Happy and cheerful, he enjoys his studies at Kapuat Primary School. Yet behind his bright eyes and wide smile, the boy masks the scars of two traumatic years spent on the streets of the capital, Kampala.
Mobile classrooms give pastoral children new hope
KOMARET, Uganda, 14 December 2009 – It’s just after dawn in Uganda’s northeastern Moroto District. Although it’s still quite early, queues of children are flocking into the Namatwae Alternative Basic Education for Karamoja (ABEK) centre.
Using music to lead Ugandan youths away from violence
MOROTO DISTRICT, Uganda, 1 December 2009 – Under the starry night sky of north-eastern Uganda, the lyrics to ‘Education is the Key’ resonate against the backdrop of a pulsating bass line and syncopated drum beats.
‘Leadership Forum for Children’ mobilizes community support in Uganda
KARAMOJA, Uganda, 2 April 2009 – Home to approximately 1 million people, or 3.5 per cent of Uganda’s population, the north-eastern subregion of Karamoja remains the poorest area of the country. Development efforts here continue to be hampered by persistent conflict and food insecurity.
Death in Dungu: Rebel violence escalates in north-eastern DR Congo
NEW YORK, USA, 13 March 2009 – The Ugandan rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), has killed more than 900 people in the north-eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo since December of last year. Hundreds of children have been abducted and tens of thousands of Congolese have been displaced by the fighting.
Mira Nair film highlights plight of Ugandan children
GENEVA, Switzerland, 4 December 2008–The voices of Uganda’s most vulnerable children are being heard, thanks to a documentary film produced by the critically acclaimed director Mira Nair, in association with UNICEF.
Uganda mounts a major fight against malaria in northern districts
OYAM DISTRICT, Uganda, 19 November 2008 – The Government of Uganda has launched a large-scale malaria campaign here in the country’s northern Lango sub-region. It is the latest effort to combat malaria, a preventable disease that is the top killer of children under the age of five in Uganda.
Sports support children’s reintegration into conflict-affected communities in Uganda
LIRA DISTRICT, Uganda, 29 September 2008 – During years of civil conflict in northern Uganda, schools were closed and entire communities were moved to safety in displacement camps. Now, with a fragile peace returning to Lira District, families are going back to their homes and schools are reopening.
Free antiretroviral treatment helps women in conflict-affected Uganda
LIRA, Uganda, 5 May 2008 – Janet is 16 years old and living with HIV. She holds a photograph of herself taken in 2002, in which she appears gaunt and exhausted, wearing a light-blue dress that hangs loosely on her slight, bony frame.
UN meeting highlights innovative programmes that spread from south to north
NEW YORK, USA, 27 December 2007 – Uganda, Mexico and Brazil presented innovative grassroots programmes for improving child rights at the United Nations during a recent UNICEF-organized seminar, which for the first time looked at how northern nations can learn from those in the south.
UNICEF and partners send aid as Uganda floods disrupt life for 60,000 households
NEW YORK, USA, 27 September 2007 – Extremely heavy rainfall since July has led to flooding across eastern and northern Uganda, affecting approximately 60,000 households, or 400,000 people – 80 per cent of them children and women.
‘Empowering Hands’ for former child soldiers in Uganda
AMURU, Uganda, 16 July 2007 – Sarah is a former child soldier who was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) when she was seven years old. She did not return home until last year, at the age of 17, with the help of World Vision, a UNICEF implementing partner.
Childhood lost: Assistance for children orphaned by AIDS in Uganda
BARR SUB-COUNTY, Uganda, 21 June 2007 – Imagine yourself as an orphaned child, the head of your household, responsible for your younger siblings. It is difficult for many adults to envision such a childhood.
Visitors see services provided to families displaced by conflict in northern Uganda
AMURU, Uganda, 14 May 2007 – Two high-level visitors, one a Korean celebrity and the other a Japanese Parliamentarian, recently travelled here to observe firsthand the situation of children and women affected by conflict in northern Uganda and to participate in a ‘Child Health Days’ campaign.
Uganda launches education campaign for war-affected children
NEW YORK, USA, 15 February 2007 – UNICEF Uganda and its partners have put education in the spotlight this week with the launch of their ‘Go to school, back to school, stay in school’ campaign to help 1.3 million children get primary education in the country’s conflict-affected north and northeast.
Uganda Kids League in exhibition match with FC Barcelona cadet team
BARCELONA, Spain, 2 February 2007 – Amongst the TV cameras and photographers, 16 boys from Uganda shivered in the cold and rain but waited patiently. When the moment arrived, they walked out onto the pitch in Camp Nou – the stadium of Football Club Barcelona – and the crowd roared in appreciation.
Prossy’s story: Teen resumes her education after two years in captivity in northern Uganda
GULU, Uganda, 2 January 2007 – At 15, Prossy Anena is a typical Ugandan girl. She has just finished primary school, she helps her mother pick sweet potatoes and she cooks for her six siblings.
School access a challenge for girls at camps in northern Uganda
PABBO CAMP, Acholi Region, Uganda, 19 December 2006 – Christine Lawil remembers vividly the day that the LRA came to her village near Pawel, Uganda. “My husband was working in our garden and the rebels attacked the village,” she says. “They beat him and then killed him.”
Angélique Kidjo raises HIV/AIDS awareness, and hope, in northern Uganda
LIRA DISTRICT, Uganda, 21 November 2006 – On a two-day official visit to northern Uganda, an area just emerging from conflict, renowned musician and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo spread the message of HIV prevention and testing in her unique way – bopping and hopping with the women and skipping and jumping with the girls.
With prospects of peace in northern Uganda, displaced families yearn for home
GULU DISTRICT, Uganda, 7 September 2006 – For nearly 20 years, peace has been an elusive dream for 1.8 million people living in conflict-affected northern Uganda.
Milly’s story: A new life after a childhood caught in war
GULU, Uganda, 30 August 2006 – Milly Auma was taken from her community by the Lord’s Resistance Army when she was still in primary school. It was 10 years before she was able to escape – and by that time she had two children of her own. But instead of being welcomed when she returned home to Gulu, many in her village rejected her.
Girls’ education movement in Uganda helps girls – and boys – stay in school
KASESE DISTRICT, Uganda, 12 May 2006 – Sylvia, 18, and Jonas, 14, are classmates in their final year at Kyabikere Primary School. Had it not been for Sylvia’s perseverance, the two friends living here in the rugged and verdant hills of western Uganda might not be moving on to secondary school together.
Goodwill Ambassador Johann Koss sees effects of war in Southern Sudan
Southern Sudan, 5 May 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Johann Koss has just completed a visit to Southern Sudan to highlight both the challenges and opportunities for children here after 21 years of war.
UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah visits war-afflicted northern Uganda
NEW YORK, USA, 6 February 2006 – “What I want most is to go home. Can you please help us to go home?” pleaded 15-year-old Gladys. She was speaking to UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah, at a shelter for ‘night commuters’ in Kitgum Town, northern Uganda. The night commuters are children who walk many miles each night to sleep in shelters instead of in their own homes, to avoid being abducted by rebels.
Archbishop says children bearing the brunt of Uganda’s conflict
NEW YORK, USA, 31 January 2006 – Children are bearing the brunt of continuing conflict in northern Uganda, Archbishop of Gulu John Baptist Odama said in an interview at UNICEF House.
Uganda launches UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS
KAMPALA, Uganda, 29 November 2005 – In an effort to galvanise action for children and women affected by AIDS, UNICEF joined the Government of Uganda, UNAIDS and other partners for the national launch of UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS. The campaign was inaugurated by Minister of Health Jim Muhwezi.
A Ugandan village rallies around children orphaned by AIDS
MASAKA DISTRICT, Uganda - Smoke from the cooking fire brings tears to the girl’s eyes, but she continues – barehanded – to adjust the steaming cassavas neatly wrapped in banana leaves. Sixteen-year-old Agnes Nabukalu, orphaned by AIDS, is preparing lunch for her family in the Masaka district of Uganda.
UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, highlights the plight of children caught in Uganda’s conflict
KITGUM DISTRICT, Uganda, 25 July 2005 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman travelled to Uganda on Friday, to highlight the situation of children in the north of the country – a region where children have been targeted by rebels in a brutal but largely ignored civil war.
Surviving abduction in Uganda's civil conflict
GULU DISTRICT, Uganda, 19 July 2005 –Janet recalls with horror what happened to her seven years ago. She was travelling with her mother when they were surprised and surrounded by armed militia belonging to Uganda’s rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Janet, only 12 at the time, was abducted.
Children map a brighter future for schoolgirls in Uganda
KAMPALA, Uganda, 13 May 2005 – As the 2005 target for gender parity in primary and secondary education comes due, children across Uganda are busily charting their nation’s progress toward education for all.
Children bear the brunt of Uganda’s 19-year conflict
KAMPALA, Uganda, 23 March 2005 - As the conflict in northern Uganda carries onto its 19th year, violence, displacement and poverty continue to exacerbate an already strained humanitarian situation.
Child soldiers trapped in vicious cycle of war
KAMPALA, Uganda, 16 February 2005 - Many former child soldiers in Uganda who have been freed from rebel militia groups have been drawn again into armed conflict – this time with the national army.
Fires and disease threaten residents of overcrowded camps
NEW YORK, 10 February 2005 – In northern Uganda, overcrowded conditions in camps for people forced to flee their homes because of armed conflict are proving fatal for some residents. Because huts are built in extremely close proximity to one another and sanitary conditions are poor, fire and disease can spread rapidly – with deadly effect.
Child mothers face stigma of rejection
NEW YORK, 20 December 2004 – The brutal civil war that is being waged in Northern Uganda has begun to claim another generation of victims.
Caution follows peace promise; children still prey to abduction, abuse
KAMPALA/NEW YORK, 19 October 2004 - Fresh talk of peace has brought new hope to war-torn northern Uganda, where children and women are continuing to bear the brunt of the humanitarian crisis.
A chance to return to normal life: Former child soldiers return home in northern Uganda
GULU, Uganda, 17 May 2004—52 children, who are former victims of abduction by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), are returning to their home communities in northern Uganda. The airlift is part of an ongoing programme organised by World Vision with UNICEF support, to help the children return to normal life after their experiences at the hands of the LRA.
UNICEF brings help to Ugandans struggling to survive
Northern Uganda, 26 May 2004 —More than 1.6 million people in Uganda have been forced to flee their homes because of fighting between government and rebel forces. UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy, who is visiting the country, says the situation is one of the most serious humanitarian emergencies in the world.
Children flee their homes to escape abduction
GULU, Uganda, 27 May 2004— Every evening at sunset families hurry along the road to Gulu in northern Uganda, desperate to reach the town before darkness falls. They are among the tens of thousands of people who abandon their homes at night to escape attack from rebel forces and to save their children from being abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
CNN's Inside Africa draws attention to Uganda’s “Night Commuters”
NEW YORK, 27 June 2004 – CNN Inside Africa is a half-hour weekly television programme which provides global viewers with an inside look at political, economic, social and cultural affairs and trends in Africa. On 26 June, Inside Africa featured a comprehensive report on Uganda’s ‘Night Commuters’.