Uganda – International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee provides vital support to Ugandans who are rebuilding from decades of war while hosting a growing influx of refugees from South Sudan.
The IRC is assisting evacuees from Afghanistan newly arrived in Uganda, complementing the efforts of the Ugandan government and the U.S. Embassy.
We are supporting the Afghan evacuees with reception, accomodation, health care and general welfare services during their temporary stay in Uganda.
Uganda, located in East Africa, spent decades in the grip of violent conflict before becoming host to the third largest influx of refugees in Africa. The IRC helps vulnerable Ugandans recover from war and safely rebuild their communities.
In 1988, rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) began terrorizing Uganda, killing tens of thousands and displacing more than 1 million people. Many Ugandans ended up living in camps that lacked food, clean water and sanitation. Thousands of children also fell victim to the war, abducted by rebel groups to serve as fighters.
Following a peace agreement in 2006, Ugandans have been working to rebuild their lives and restore their communities. A booming population, however, threatens to strain Uganda’s resources and halt this progress. 
Uganda is also host to over 1.3 million refugees. Most recently, the country has seen an influx of almost 1 million refugees from South Sudan, due to armed violence and political unrest since July 2016.
Uganda has some of the most progressive refugee policies of any nation, allowing freedom of movement and the right to work. Refugees need immediate protection, as well as safe communities with services that prevent and respond to violence and inform them of their rights.
Uganda also needs to make progress in improving maternal health and preventing and treating diseases. AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria are the leading causes of death, and are exacerbated by the refugee influx. Women’s health is especially poor; at least a third of women who survive childbirth are left with chronic and debilitating health conditions. 
As poverty continues to spread and natural disasters such as drought and floods threaten people’s homes and livelihoods, Uganda’s resources are quickly being overwhelmed.
The IRC’s mission is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future.
We first began working in Uganda in 1998 to help the 1.8 million Ugandans who had been forced to flee their homes as a result of the LRA conflict. We have been committed to protecting women and children from violence and exploitation, and helping communities rebuild. As a growing number of South Sudanese refugees fled to Uganda, we also began working in two of the main settlements hosting them.
As the country struggles to recover from the effects of war and host a growing population of refugees, the IRC is focusing our efforts in the Adjumani and Kiryandongo districts as well as the Acholi and Karamoja sub-regions by:
The IRC’s work in Uganda is more critical than ever as Ugandans remain vulnerable to disaster and conflict, and refugees continue to seek safety in the country. We pledge to put the needs of those most affected by crisis, specifically women and girls, at the forefront of our efforts and to achieve measurable improvements in health, safety, power and economic wellbeing.
For  a closer look at some of the work we will be doing over the next year, read our Uganda strategy action plan
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the IKEA Foundation are partnering to support urban refugees and host communities in East Africa to secure livelihood opportunities.


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