Uganda is impacted by a range of natural hazards and is also one of the biggest refugee-hosting countries in the world.
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 subregion 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.
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.
Download the Maintains in Uganda PDF to read an overview of our work there.
In conducting these studies, Maintains works directly with the Government of Uganda, DFID, and other development partners. The research builds on and enhances existing evidence to address knowledge gaps.