Maintains - research into education, health and nutrition to aid Uganda

Uganda is impacted by a range of natural hazards and is also one of the biggest refugee-hosting countries in the world. Explore all our latest research to support Uganda here or download an overview of our work there.

Uganda currently hosts around 1.3 million refugees, most of whom have come from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burundi. This puts pressure on all social services as well as livelihood opportunities for both the host community and the refugees.

Drought is a recurrent problem in Karamoja, making it the most food insecure sub-region in the country, with persistent and widespread malnutrition. In 2018, UNICEF reported that 84% of people could not afford a nutritious diet, with particularly serious impacts on women and children.

A new maternity ward being built in Rwamwanja refugee settlement in Uganda
A new maternity ward being built in Rwamwanja refugee settlement in Uganda.
Credit: Andy Wheatley/DFID

Maintains Uganda focuses on health and nutrition services in Karamoja, and education services provided for refugees and host communities in West Nile, through two regionally-focused research programmes.

Research focus for Uganda

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Does the Education Response Plan improve the effectiveness of education service delivery, and thereby education outcomes for both refugees and host communities in West Nile?

  • Research explores the ability of different parts of the education system (coordination, financing, information, and delivery) to respond to the influx of refugees. It will investigate the effect on educational outcomes and explore global lessons. Since refugee flows and policies may change, the research agenda may also evolve.
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Health and nutrition:

What design features need to be incorporated into strengthening health and nutrition systems, in order to build a sustainable shock-responsive health system in Karamoja?

  • Research is implemented in three phases: case studies exploring in detail how the supply of health services changes during and after shocks; research considering how to optimise early warning systems; and subsequent studies investigating how funding arrangements can become more efficient and effective to scale-up health and nutrition services.

In conducting these studies, Maintains works directly with the Government of Uganda, FCDO, and other development partners. The research builds on and enhances existing evidence to address knowledge gaps.

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