Pit latrines play a critical role in improving public health throughout Uganda. But when people run out of money to finish building them, they leave gaping holes and life-threatening safety concerns — especially for children.
Like much of the world, Uganda has imposed social restrictions to combat the spread of the coronavirus. For Ugandans who rely on sex work, the guidelines present a stark choice: continue work and risk infection – or stay home and face financial ruin.
Ugandans face harsh penalties for drug use, but getting treatment for addiction is no easy feat. There aren’t nearly enough rehab facilities, and their steep price tags mean treatment is out of reach for those who need it most.
Uganda’s construction industry is booming. The hunger for steel to keep up with the building boom has resulted in a thriving scrap trade, with small-scale vendors scouring the country for bits of unwanted metal. But old dangers lay hidden in the hauls.
Worker deaths and injuries are increasing as Uganda’s major cities try to meet the demands of a growing population. Low-paid “helpers” — who often work without contracts or insurance — bear the brunt of the consequences.
Parents and religious groups have criticized the government’s plan to teach sexuality education to children as young as 3. Meanwhile, police report a rise in cases of sexual abuse of children, and some civil society groups say the delay is partly to blame.
Forced marriages and unintended pregnancies remain a norm for many Ugandan young women. One effort to combat the problems draws on the experience of women who have been down that path, who serve as mentors to girls and young women.