Our Work in Uganda

In 1998, Adara began working in Uganda, in the Nakaseke district, part of the Luwero Triangle, which was devastated by civil war in the 1970s and 80s. We partnered with a rural hospital, Kiwoko Hospital, to support a community of 500,000 in the area around the hospital. We are dedicated to integrated development projects that are community led, strengthening capacity in the communities in which we work. Our focus is long term sustainable support, in partnership with local communities on community-based healthcare initiatives, specialised newborn care, maternal healthcare, and working with adults and children living with HIV/AIDS. We also manage a small project focussed on the rehabilitation of former street children.

UGANDA PROJECTS

HISTORY OF ADARA IN UGANDA

DISCOVERING KIWOKO HOSPITAL AND HEALTH NEEDS IN THE COMMUNITY
  • Adara has worked in Uganda since 1998 when Audette Exel made an exploratory visit to Uganda to identify distinct healthcare projects in remote, rural and un-reached communities. Kiwoko Hospital was started as a clinic under a tree by an Irish Missionary, with the aim of aiding a community devastated by war. Kiwoko Hospital’s commitment to the community is what drove our decision to partner with them.

    Adara’s support of Kiwoko Hospital began with the community healthcare programme. But we soon recognised the urgent need to support some of the most vulnerable children – newborn babies. Uganda has the third highest birth rate in the world –out of every 1000 babies born, 99 will die before their fifth birthday. Adara funded and built Kiwoko Hospital’s first ever neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU) to reach this fragile population.

    Since then, we have helped expand the NICU to reach even more babies and provide ongoing medical advisory, training and mentoring for its staff. We also now provide extensive support for maternal healthcare, HIV/AIDS and community-based healthcare.

    Kiwoko Hospital is our bridge to the community, and we have a long-term commitment to support their work and the communities they serve.

FINDING AND CARING FOR FORMER STREET CHILDREN IN NEED
  • The plight of street children in Uganda is dire. Many children are on the streets because their families have been decimated by AIDS and with so many AIDS orphans in Uganda being supported by their relatives, communities are at breaking point. Other children are escapees from Northern Uganda, fleeing from the war with the Lord’s Resistance Army. Many children on the street are victims of crushing poverty, escaping to the city to seek food and money or escape abusive families.

    Adara first began working with former street children through a small partner organisation in 2002. We have seen the repatriation of 25 boys to their families or to independent lives. Since 2009, Adara has continued to directly manage and support an additional 25 former street children by providing food, education, health, extracurricular activities and shelter during the school holidays.

    The boys are all enrolled in boarding schools, in the district of Nakaseke. The boys continue to excel and are enjoying school and their school-holiday-programme home located in the Luwero town, close to the hospital. It is great to see them move from unhappy, serious, surly boys into laughing, successful and energetic young men. The Adara office is located on the grounds of our partner organisation in Uganda, Kiwoko Hospital.

UGANDA FACTS

  • Population of Uganda is 35.6 million
  • The annual population growth of Uganda is 3.2%
  • Just over half of the Ugandan population is under 15 years old
  • 84% of the Ugandan population live in rural areas
  • 24.8% people in Uganda live below the poverty line on less than $1.25 per day
  • Uganda's expenditure on public health is only 2% of GDP
  • In Uganda, 80% of the work force is employed in agricultural areas

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ABOUT WHERE WE WORK

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Nakaseke District

Kiwoko Hospital, Adara Development's key partner organisation in Uganda, is based just outside of Kiwoko Town in the Nakaseke district, a 90-minute drive north of Kampala. During the 1980s, the Luwero region was the epicentre of Uganda's civil war, with hundreds of thousands of people massacred. Almost all local infrastructure was destroyed and much of the remaining population fled. Today, around half a million people live in the surrounding region and are involved mainly in subsistence farming. The region remains one of the poorest in Uganda.