Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa, bordered by Kenya, South Sudan, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Because of its abundant natural resources, including fertile soil, adequate rain and precious metals, Uganda has been called the Pearl of Africa. But, though much of the population works in agriculture, people still rely on rudimentary farming methods and poverty is common, especially in rural areas. Uganda has the third highest birthrate in the world, but HIV/AIDS and other health issues keep mortality high. In the communities where Compassion serves, most people survive on less than a dollar a day.
Population: 37.1 million
Area comparison: Uganda is slightly smaller than the United Kingdom.
Nine times as many babies die during their first year of life in Uganda compared to Canada.
More than 25 times as many women in Uganda die from pregnancy-related causes compared to Canada.
One-third of children in Uganda have stunted growth from malnutrition.
Two out of every five babies in Uganda do not have a skilled attendant at their birth.
38 percent of Ugandans live in extreme poverty.
BUT THIS CAN CHANGE
Disease control, prenatal care, breastfeeding promotion, immunization and sanitation programs are slashing rates of child and maternal mortality around the world. Since 1990, there are 17,000 fewer children dying each day!
AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF THIS
The Child Survival Program in Uganda will ensure babies and pregnant women receive the health care they need. Mothers will have the opportunity to learn about things like disease prevention and nutrition. They will also learn vocational skills to help support their families. And, best of all, families will be introduced to new life in the gospel of Jesus Christ.