The Battle Against Disease in Uganda
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.
Investing in Ugandan Children
of Love & Hope catalog features a range of ways to help children in
need, and sponsoring
a child in Uganda is the best way to fulfill children’s long-term needs.
For just $28 per month —
less than $1 per 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