Over 1/3

of the population live below the international poverty line of roughly £1.45 a day


of the adult population have HIV


of all households have no toilet facilities


is the median population age

About Uganda

Uganda’s current population is nearing 38 million and is one of the fastest-growing in the world. This is causing increasing pressure on natural resources, including food, water and wood, as well as basic services such as education and healthcare. Unemployment is high, particularly among young men who have completed secondary (and sometimes tertiary) education but cannot find work.

Politically, Uganda has been stable in recent years, but there is evidence that levels of corruption are on the rise. Political opposition is being dealt with in an increasingly aggressive manner, and space for civil society is under threat.

There have been no large-scale disasters recently. Since the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) moved out of northern Uganda to the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic, there have been no significant conflicts within the country. However, small-scale, climate-related emergencies, including flooding, drought and landslides, are becoming more common. The country is also hosting many hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees.

After becoming a success story in HIV prevention, HIV rates are now rising again.

How we do it

Church & Community Transformation

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Our Work in Uganda

Tearfund has worked in Uganda since the late 1970s. The goal for our work is the healing and transformation of every area of people’s lives – physical, personal, social and spiritual.

In particular we promote a process known as church and community transformation (CCT) which mobilises and empowers local churches to become agents of radical change in their communities. It encourages the restoration of people’s relationships with God, each other and creation.

CCT is playing an important role in improving understanding about the transmission and prevention of HIV. It is also reducing levels of stigma towards people living with HIV. A pilot project has recently been introduced to reduce the transmission of HIV from mothers to children, and to improve maternal and child health.

Tearfund’s WASH programme provides access to clean water, and proper sanitation and hygiene training for communities. It is recognised as a crucial foundation for positive development across many areas, including health, income, agriculture and education.

Since July 2016, more than a million people have crossed the border into northern Uganda from South Sudan, as a result of the conflict and war. Tearfund’s partners are present in the refugee camps, training church leaders in peace and reconciliation work, and providing sanitary kits for girls and young women.




new churches have started the church and community transformation process.


people have a better understanding of how to reduce their vulnerability to HIV and AIDS.


people have better access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.


communities have been trained in how to lobby their local government for improved services.

Pray for our work

  • Pray for an end to conflict and violence, and for lasting peace and reconciliation.
  • Pray for the provision of food and for the threat of severe hunger to be lifted.
  • Lift up those in the most vulnerable areas affected by war and violence; ask for God’s peace and protection.
  • Pray for God to bless and protect Tearfund staff as they continue to help those in the greatest need.

Stories from Uganda

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    Unweaving the web

    It all began with a simple prayer in a women’s fellowship. Now Annette and her team are tackling the blight of prostitution and the sexual…

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  • Handwashing


    It was a long gruelling walk to the nearest water for Priscilla in rural Uganda. So they brought the water to her with a new scheme. The secret is gravity...

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  • HIV positive women from NEWPU

    Cornerstones of peace

    When Evelyn from South Sudan discovered she had contracted HIV she thought her life was over. However, she has learned that she – along with others living with the virus – have an important role to play. A role as peacemakers.

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  • Fifty years fifty countries Uganda

    To mark 50 years of Tearfund, we’re sharing about 50 countries where we’ve worked, celebrating God’s provision and power to transform, and praying…

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