UNICEF Uganda Annual Report 2022

Public policy affects the lives of Uganda’s children and families. UNICEF’s role is to support the Government of Uganda in ensuring that its services and actions are guided by inclusive, child-friendly and gender-sensitive policies, budgets and programmes

Primary One B (P.1 B) Pupils of Morulem Girls’ Primary School in Abim district engage in a play-based learning activity during a class session on 25.07.2023.


The report highlights UNICEF's support to the Government of Uganda in 2022 that includes:


In January 2022, schools reopened in Uganda after a detrimental two-year closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. UNICEF focused its support on implementing the RAPID framework for the safe reopening of schools and the recovery of learning lost during the COVID-19 school closure. With UNICEF advocacy, technical and financial support, schools reopened safely in January 2022 and children successfully completed the academic year.


In Karamoja subregion, a devastating drought, resulting from three consecutive years of poor rains, contributed to a significant increase in global acute malnutrition rates, which escalated above the 20 per cent emergency threshold. Around 23,000 children were affected by severe acute malnutrition, a life-threatening condition.

Although the Uganda drought situation was overshadowed by the larger Horn of Africa drought, UNICEF was swift to engage and direct the focus to the alarming severe malnutrition situation of children in Karamoja and more than US$8 million in relief funds were generated to support Karamoja children from the governments of the United Kingdom, Sweden, Ireland and Japan, the European Union, and the United Nations Central Emergency Relief Fund.


An Ebola virus disease outbreak, declared on 20 September 2022 affected nine districts and the capital, Kampala. UNICEF, together with the World Health Organization, was a key player in supporting the Ministry of Health to respond to the outbreak. UNICEF deployed more than 40 national and international emergency response staff, delivering critical health; nutrition; risk communication and community engagement interventions; and WASH supplies worth US$756,000.




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