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Uganda

Sightsavers’ focus in Uganda is to promote social inclusion and tackle neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). In 2017 we distributed 275,000 NTD treatments and helped to carry out 5,000 sight-saving operations.

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

Sightsavers, originally known as the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind, 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

Rita sits, making jumpers on her knitting machine.

Challenging stereotypes

“We can change perceptions by telling people that disability is not inability – that disabled people are human.”

Rita Asabo, disability trainer
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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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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
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Anwar, who has a prosthetic leg, running alongside other people with disabilities.
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Margaret Adome sitting outside her home with three of her six children.
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Sightsavers’ trachoma work in Uganda features in The Telegraph

Journalists from the newspaper visited Uganda to see how the country is tackling this infectious neglected tropical disease, thanks to help from UK Aid.

An elderly woman in Uganda has her eyes examined to check for trachoma.
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Free eye examinations launched for older people in Uganda

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A group of smiling children in a classroom in Uganda.
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Lord Chartres meets beneficiaries of the Trachoma Initiative.
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Former Bishop of London praises Uganda’s progress in fighting trachoma

The Right Rev Richard Chartres visited the Iganga district in the east of the country, where he saw work taking place to eliminate the blinding disease.

Mafoune from Mali with her teacher.

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Sumburia.
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