Reaching the unreached.

Uganda is recovering from decades of conflict. War creates poverty. Poverty feeds on disability. Disability feeds poverty. We work to mobilise groups of disability activists who want to end this cycle.

ADD International has been working in Uganda since 1987. Learn about the country, meet the amazing people we work with, see how we work and what we aim to achieve.

What we work for.

We work in partnership with local disability activists and their organisations (also called Disabled People’s Organisations or DPOs). Through their networks we can reach the most isolated and least-served people in communities. This ensures that our work is a true reflection of the needs of disabled people. In Uganda, we strive to achieve the following:

Better employment.

By creating job opportunities and encouraging employers to include more disabled people in their workforce. As a result, disabled people earn respect as valued members of their family and community

Protection of women + girls.

By providing access to personal safety training for disabled women and girls and campaigning to get rape and assault cases pursued and concluded. Also by increasing access to HIV/AIDS services, as disabled women are at a high risk.

Inclusion of albinism.

By gaining acceptance in the disability movement in Uganda, people with albinism can benefit more from development programmes.

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Who are we working with?

Real People. Read their stories.

Uganda facts. A country in repair.

Rural living.

Uganda is one of the most densely populated countries in Sub Saharan Africa with 80% of its population living in rural areas. 

A young population.

56.1% of Uganda’s population are aged 18 or younger. Only 4.6 % are 60+

Moving past conflict.

Northern Uganda is still recovering from decades of violent unrest, which forced up to 1.7 million people to flee their homes.

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What are we doing?

Learn about our ongoing and past work in Uganda.

Disability in Uganda. Ending the cycle.

2.4 Million.

Evidence suggests that 2.4 million people with disabilities in Uganda live in poverty. 

Disability feeds poverty.

... and poverty feeds disability. With limited access to health care and proper nutrition, poor people are exposed to disabling conditions.

Education = empowerment.

Many disabled people lack education, making it difficult to gain employment. With access to education they can challenge the social exclusion that keeps them out of the job market.

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