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Our work in Uganda

Sightsavers’ focus in Uganda is to promote social inclusion and tackle neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). In 2018 we distributed 283,000 NTD treatments and helped to carry out 6,400 sight-saving operations.

A group of smiling schoolboys in Kasuleta, a small rural village in Uganda.

Sightsavers started working in Uganda in 1954.

Our first programmes in the country aimed to control river blindness, a debilitating neglected tropical disease, and to provide rehabilitation and support for people whose sight couldn’t be saved.

In 1994, we opened a dedicated office in Kampala, and the following year we began working to help blind and visually impaired children participate fully in mainstream schools. Since 2010, we have focused on improving local health systems, promoting social inclusion and tackling neglected tropical diseases.

Uganda is also home to our award-winning Connecting the Dots project, which has provided vocational training to young people with disabilities so they can find work and support themselves financially. The project has transformed attitudes to disability, and shows potential employers how hiring people with disabilities could benefit their business.

If we are all Ugandans, then we should all be treated equally. That is what I want to see change.
Edith Kagoya, Programme Manager
Edith smiles as she stands holding her young son.

How we’re making a difference in Uganda

Isaac works on the knitting machine alongside his tutor.

Challenging stereotypes

"Disability is not inability. It does not stop you from doing any work another person can perform."

Isaac, employment programme graduate. Read Isaac’s story

Arjuna Socia, 33 yrs stands inside the Kibwoona Health centre in Masindi, Uganda where she attended the Volunteer Distributor Training for Community Directed Distributors (CDD’s) like herself. She is smiling, holding a measuring stick.

Reaching local people

“I wanted to help people because they were dying – I want to save my community and give them medicine.”

Ajuna Socia, local volunteer
Read Ajuna’s story

William Mugayo speaks into the microphone during a radio broadcast.

Raising awareness

“Radio allows people to ask questions, and it spreads awareness among a bigger group of people.”

William Mugayo, district worker
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A lot of people with disabilities grow up not knowing that they have the same right to education and employment as everyone else – we need to change this. My message to other people with disabilities is: We Can.

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