Uganda

Augustine who has cataracts walks to the nearby Victoria Nile River to fetch water.
  • 39m Population [1]
  • 20% People living in poverty [2]
  • 6m People with disability [3]

Uganda, according to the latest Human Development Report, is ranked 163rd out of 188, making it one of the least developed nations on earth. According to its 2002 census, 16% of Uganda’s population has a disability.

Due to its low developed status, services and resources are lacking for all, with the majority of the country not having access to essential public services such as health and education services. Our work in Uganda, East Africa, focuses on treating and preventing blindness and improving health.

  • [1] (UN)
  • [2] (World Bank)
  • [3] Disability statistic is based on WHO estimate of 15% of the world’s population live with some form of disability.


In action

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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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Treatment and support for children with disabilities

Children with disabilities in Uganda often face stigma, superstition and poverty. Few get the medical care or support…

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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 is carrying water from the water-hole back home  – together with his nieces Rita and Linda. Walking with bowed legs is burdensome – and causes Denis a lot of pain. .Please refer to related field reports for more information
Denis (8 years old, born in June 2006) is a client of CoRSU Hospital in Uganda (P2429). During early childhood he developed severe bowlegs due to Blount´s desease. In CoRSU he will receive corrective surgery among other medical care and rehabilitation.

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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News

At Mengo Eye Department: Milly one day before cataract surgery
Milly (14 years old) was born with normal sight but developed cataracts in both eyes about four years ago. She gradually lost sight, dropped out of school and could not participate in performing home chores. She lives with her parents; Wilfred and Dorica and three of the eight siblings, in a village about 230 kilometres northwest of the capital Kampala. Milly received cataract surgery at CBM partner Mengo Eye hospital (in March 2016). Please refer to respective reports for more information.
1st Mar 2017

Follow Milly’s Miracle this March

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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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