ChildFund works in many African countries where preventable disease is a significant problem. One such country is Uganda, a nation of almost 35 million people, located in eastern Africa. Here, malaria claims the lives of thousands of children, and HIV and AIDS are part of everyday life for millions of families. Since coming to Uganda in 1980, ChildFund has worked to improve access to health care for people living in the country's poorest communities.
Children living in Uganda face serious challenges. Lack of access to health care places them at great risk of malaria, diarrhea and respiratory infection. These illnesses are the leading causes of death among children under the age of 5 in Uganda, and many of our health care initiatives here focus on disease control, maternal health, basic immunizations and access to improved sanitation.
As one of Uganda's biggest killers, malaria poses a significant threat to the well-being of children. To combat the spread of this potentially deadly disease, ChildFund has launched a series of projects across the country, working through local partner organizations to educate families about the importance of using chemically treated mosquito nets over their beds to reduce the chance of infection. ChildFund also promotes improved access to clean water and effective sanitation facilities.
For about a $1 a day — you can help us make a difference in a child's life. There are thousands of children who need our help, and without the kindness and generosity of our supporters, we would be much less effective. Sponsorship can make a tremendous difference in children’s lives, as Katherine, a former sponsored child in Uganda, can attest.
"As a sponsored child, I had access to medical facilities [regular health, dental and vision care]," says Katherine, who now works as a news manager at a Ugandan radio station. "I also benefited from the fact that I no longer had to miss school because of unpaid fees."