Uganda

Augustine who has cataracts walks to the nearby Victoria Nile River to fetch water.
  • 5.8m People with disability [1]
  • 98,000 People who are blind [2]
  • 20% People live in poverty [3]

Uganda’s relative stability, after years of civil war and repression, is bringing improved economic prosperity. However, huge challenges remain for this East African country with its fast-growing population now standing at 39 million. It is ranked 163rd out of 188 countries for life expectancy, education and income in the latest UN Human Development Index.

Quality healthcare is difficult to access in Uganda, particularly for people with disabilities and for those in rural areas where many of the poorest people live.

CBM has been working with our partners in Uganda for decades, working across the country to prevent avoidable blindness, improve health and help people with disabilities go to school, earn a living, access health care/rehabilitation and secure respect in their communities.

  • [1] 15% of population - WHO estimate that 15% of the world’s population live with some form of disability.
  • [2] IAPB, Vision Atlas. 
  • [3] World Bank.


In action

Eliminating blinding trachoma in Uganda

If untreated, the eye infection Trachoma causes first itching, then intense pain and finally blindness. One third of…

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Omari and his father, Amiri can't stop smiling as a doctor comes and removes the bandages after cataract surgery.

Treating childhood blindness across East Africa

Poor eyesight has a huge impact on the future of a child in East Africa – children who can’t see are much less likely…

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Fred sits with his friend before his cleftlip surgery.

Treating cleft lip and palate

Every year more than 170,000 children in the developing world are born with cleft lip and/or palate. Where this is…

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Transforming lives

Augustine loves listening to the radio.

Augustine

“He can see now and can go to school. I’m so happy! And I would never have had the money for the eye surgery. So, please continue your work and help other children in need, too. God bless you!”

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Denis

“The way to school was so long and hard for him, and he would come back home in pain. So I thought maybe it’s best to stop school…

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Joan at CoRSU in Uganda before surgery for Cleft lip and palate.

Joan

“I am so proud of her. I couldn’t believe that her lip could be repaired…now she will gain weight.”

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Joyce having her eyes checked after her Trachoma operation in Uganda.

Joyce

“I expect good things in the future; I hope to be able to do a bit more work at home and move around more easily…”

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Regina standing in her school playground and smiling

Regina

“Before surgery Regina could not play with others, but now she can play, she can dance, she can do everything.”

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News

Whitney sits on tyre with eyes clothes - Logo: Premier Finalist, Best Online Campaign
16th Oct 2017

‘Sight for Whitney’ campaign shortlisted for Premier award

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Blog

James Murambwe leads Nasani from the camp vehicle to the health centre for surgery. After the procedure, he will be able to see to move around independently.
5th Apr 2017

Treating the hardest to reach – reaching the final trachoma cases in Namutumba District, Uganda

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