Challenges Uganda Faces
What is the problem?
Uganda, a landlocked country located in East Africa, has a population of approximately 40 million people of which 50% are children under the age of fifteen. Like most of the Sub-Saharan region, Uganda faces developmental challenges.
Health and education are two key factors to address if Uganda is to achieve sustainable development. While there have been improvements, challenges still remain, and are quite dire, particularly for rural and economically disadvantaged families.
The pupil to teacher ratio in Ugandan primary schools in 43 students to 1 teacher.
The education sector accounts for only 10.5% of the national budget in the 2019/20 fiscal year.
45% of Ugandans over the age of 13 did not complete primary school, and only 4.0% of students are enrolled in higher education.
Only 5% of students with disabilities have access to inclusive schools and only 10% of students have access to special needs education.
There is less than 1 physician for every 1,000 Ugandans.
Only 20.8% of population is using safely managed sanitation services.
Only 55% of children 12-23 months receive all 8 basic vaccinations.
58.6% of women have problems accessing health care.
Top 10 Causes of Disease Burden
1.Uganda Demographic and Health Survey 2016 [FR333] (dhsprogram.com)
2. Investing in Education 2019.pdf (unicef.org)
4.Special Needs Education in Uganda: Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #4 Concerns Quality and Inclusive Education (worldbank.org)