Vaccines and Medical Care in Uganda
Vaccination against childhood diseases is one of the easiest ways to prevent serious illness, along with the associated costs of medical care. The cost of vaccinating one child in Uganda is $25 USD, but the average household income in rural areas is $1.90 per day. For families with multiple children, even the low cost of vaccination is out of reach.
Mosquito nets also offer a low-cost way to reduce illness by limiting the exposure to mosquito-borne diseases.
If an individual is unlucky enough to get cancer, the costs of treatment and housing near the urban hospital can be insurmountable.
Your contributions to this fund can make a positive impact on the lives of those in need of preventative and ongoing medical care in rural Uganda.
In Uganda, 41% of people live in poverty, and almost half of Uganda’s population is under the age of 15, representing one of the youngest populations in the world. Uganda also hosts the largest refugee population in Africa—more than one million refugees have fled their home countries to seek asylum in Uganda. Over the next decade, agricultural development will be a main priority to help improve outcomes for low-income families. Agriculture will also be an increasingly important industry for youth and refugees to find viable opportunities to earn sustainable livelihoods for themselves.
UGANDA BY THE NUMBERS
44.3M total population
76% of the population lives in rural areas, and 73% of the workforce is employed in agriculture
41% of people live on less than $1.90/day
33% of people have an account at a financial institution
53% of children complete primary education