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Preparing for Parenthood, Uganda
Problem: Uganda has one of the highest rates of early marriage in the world. Over 34% of girls are married before the age of 18 and 10% are married before they turn 15 years old. Soon after marriage, the girl becomes pregnant and risks poor maternal and child health as a result. The reasons for early marriage stem from embedded traditional and social norms, lack of education, misconceptions of reproductive health and rights, pre-defined gender roles, and poverty. Read more
Reducing Cerebral Palsy in Uganda
Problem: Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a developmental disorder, the most common cause of childhood physical disability worldwide and is incurable.
Few studies have been done on CP in Sub Saharan Africa, however, an in depth study by Makerere University revealed that Uganda has a much higher prevalence of children with CP than in high income countries, has a significant number of infants that develop CP during their first month of life, and whose children with CP are 25 times more likely to die of premature death from common conditions such as malaria, anemia, pneumonia, malnutrition and diarrhea. Read more
Preventing Disabilities of the Rural Poor, Uganda
Problem: Approximately 16% of Uganda’s population, or about 7.2 million persons, have some form of disability. More than 50% of this population is unable to afford expensive health care services. Besides prohibitive costs, there is a limited availability of services that are prepared to meet their needs. A disabled person is more likely to be treated badly or worse, denied care after struggling to reach the facility.
Unfortunately, persons with disabilities are less likely to receive an education and are excluded from educational programs about nutrition, family health, sexually transmitted diseases, and disease prevention.
In early 2021, we conducted a survey in Gweri Sub County of 341 disabled persons and discovered that 39% became disabled as a result of illness and 29% became disabled as a result of injury. Read more
Mental Healthcare for Uganda’s Adolescent Population
Problem: For years, mental healthcare in Uganda has been considered a low priority when it comes to budgeting for public healthcare services. In fact, less than 1% of the annual healthcare budget is applied to mental health and even less for adolescent mental healthcare.
There have been relatively few studies that have been conducted on child adolescent mental health in Uganda, despite the fact that 1 in 7 children suffer from mental illness. The lack of funding, adequate facilities and staffing leaves the major portion of those suffering from mental illness without proper care or treatment. Read more
Reducing the Prevalence of TB in Uganda
Problem: According to the WHO, Tuberculosis is the thirteenth leading cause of death worldwide, and occurs disproportionately in impoverished areas where people do not have easy access to doctors and hospitals. For example, in Uganda, in 2019, an overwhelming 88,000 individuals contracted TB, approximately 15,600 people died and unfortunately, out of those 88,000 persons, 13% or 11,440 were children.
However, these deaths could be avoided with early diagnosis, since when caught and treated early TB is easily curable with antibiotics. Read more
 World Health Organization, Global Tuberculosis Report, 2020