Although some of the health, education and living conditions of children in Uganda have improved slightly, there is still much to improve. And to do this, these defenseless people cannot cope on their own. That's why we exist. Our goal is to help! Our Fund was established to help the children of Uganda. We want to encourage people to take part in the fate of every child who has had a serious life experience.
You can do that no child in Uganda goes to bed hungry and ill
Childhood at the equator: how children live in Uganda
The birth rate in Uganda is very high. According to some data, the country ranks second or third in the world in this indicator. Each woman gives birth to about six to seven children. But there are also many families with ten or more children, and this situation is quite normal for Uganda. But families with one or two children are rare, as well as families where there are no children at all.
However, this does not mean that all children grow up to adulthood. Child mortality is very high, especially in villages where women give birth at home (in straw or clay huts, where there are no facilities at all), and to the nearest doctor people should go about 30-40 kilometers. Most children die of malaria. They are the ones who suffer the most in Uganda. Local people explain this by the fact that adults often follow safety rules, that cannot be explained to the children. In addition, there is a lot of poverty. For example, the first tool for malaria prevention is simple mosquito nets. In poor areas of the country there is usually one for the whole family. Bur as you remember there are a lot of children in families. So these nets are not enough. In the cities is also perceived to suffer from malaria. According to studies, every Ugandan suffers from malaria approximately every two years. According to official statistics, at least once in life malaria affects 20 per cent of children and 20 per cent of those who die.
Medicine in Uganda is free, but of poor quality. Corruption in this industry is very strong, and in order to the patient, including the child is treated normally, the doctor is needed to pay extra. Another way the patient can go to a paid clinic, there are also not enough of them. In addition, patients also have to buy their own medicines, because in public hospitals there is only a minimum of everything necessary, absolutely insufficient for recovery. However, at least for malaria, there is no problem in buying medicines. There are many different antimalarial medicines in pharmacies and at affordable prices. The course of treatment lasts only three days, after which the person recovers. There are other cheaper options. But the majority of population cannot even afford to buy this cheap medicine. It turns out that for Ugandan it is easier and cheaper to give birth to another child than to treat a sick one with malaria.
Problems we solve
In Uganda 50 percent of patients with HIV/AIDS were provided lifesaving antiretroviral drugs thanks to an innovative programme. Nurses were trained in some types of activities usually performed by doctors and health workers in the communities - some of the actions performed by the nurses.
A high percentage of malaria cases occur mainly among children under five years. In Uganda, strategies are in place to provide better treatment. It is used as a first-line drug combination therapy based on artemisinin, which is the most effective antimalarial therapy to date.
River blindness is eliminated as a public health problem, and the fight against dracunculiasis has led to a reduction in the incidence. The leprosy is coming to an end.
Significant progress has been made in the control of vaccine-preventable childhood diseases. Polio eradication is approaching and more children are being immunized against measles. The total number of deaths from measles decreased by more than 50% due to vaccination.
Not so long ago in schools for children General prevention of pediculosis was introduced. Regardless of their gender and age, all of their heads were shaved.
As for education, not so long ago only no more than three children from the same family could study for free, while the rest of the parents had to pay extra for it. But since there was little money in large families, usually younger children did not study at all. Now schools have been made free for everyone. But, if in cities they are a lot of schools, in villages, it happens that children have to go to schools for 10-15 kilometers. Of course, not everyone is still learning. And those who still study, not always receive a good education because of still often missed classes.
How can we help to improve children’s lives?
The world seems cruel and cynical, but there are many kind and generous people in every country and culture. This way we hope to help children in Uganda.
The work of our Fund is carried out on donations. It is very easy to do this.
- You send us money.
- The money goes to the fund.
- We are transferring money to organizations.
- Organizations send goods to a storehouse in Uganda.
- From the storehouse goods are sent to children.
No matter how we are called – philanthropists, patrons, Trustees, philanthropists, benefactors, sponsors, donors, volunteers, volunteers , all together we do good, and it's great!