Community Mapping- Children With Disabilities in Post Conflict Uganda

Effects of wars on CWD in Uganda:

There have been several political unrests, including the recent Lord Resistance Army-led conflict in northern Uganda, which lasted from 1987 to 2007 and created almost a million internally displaced persons who were subsequently constantly raided by rebels.

One of the greatest effects of this war was the increase in the number of CWD. Many victims suffered physical, sensory, psychological and emotional trauma, including loss of limbs, sight and hearing, due to attacks with weapons and land mines. Physical trauma is often addressed first; however, mental trauma, if untreated, may lead to mental illnesses and post-traumatic stress syndrome disorders. Unfortunately, people with mental illness aren’t often deemed victims of war because their scars aren’t visible.

Health, Education, and Nutrition for Child Wellbeing

APPCO interventions have been shown to improve children’s health and nutrition and their learning potential and life choices both in the short and long term. APPCO interventions particularly benefit poor and disadvantaged children, who have the most to gain both nutritionally and educationally. Also, by focusing on the special needs for girls – for example through Menstrual Health Management (MHM) – our Health programs are helping reduce barriers to learning for girls and enhance their overall health including increased chances of girls completing their education.

What Our Programs Do:

  • Increase access to health and nutrition services including deworming, control of malaria, as well as vision and hearing screening at schools.
  • Provide children with increased access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in schools.
  • Help children develop life-long health behaviors through life skills-based health education, including HIV and AIDS prevention.
  • Ensure basic health-related school policies and support from individual schools and communities to the national level.