Why we work in Uganda
Many older people in Uganda struggle to bring in a reliable income and are vulnerable to living in poverty. Many live in chronic ill health or have disabilities that limit their ability to lead independent lives and participate in their local communities.
Yet countless older people have the responsibility of caring for orphaned grandchildren who have lost their parents to AIDS or other diseases.
Age discrimination is rampant in Uganda, particularly around inheritance laws, which tend to disproportionately impact women.
Building secure incomes
We advocate the Uganda Government to continue to expand its grant to older people that is being piloted in only a few districts, as well as help older people access existing poverty reduction programmes.
Supporting older people’s health
We work with the Government to improve health services for older people, and ensure they are included in key national health policies, such as HIV and AIDS programmes.
Helping refugee communities
Uganda hosts more than a million refugees fleeing South Sudan. We work with other humanitarian agencies to protect older people’s rights in these communities. We empower older women and men to strengthen their voices through older people’s associations so they can advocate for legal aid services and opportunities to bring in a reliable income so can sustain themselves.
Our network members
- Health Nest Uganda
- Reach One Touch One Ministries
- Uganda Reach the Aged Association
- Big Lottery Fund
- European Commission-European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights
- Federal Ministry for Economic operation and Development (BMZ)
- Irish Aid
- National Endowment for Democracy
- Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
- Steven Thomas Johnson Foundation
- Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency