Global Initiatives - Uganda


From unique national parks to diverse exports, The Republic of Uganda has much to offer. After years of civil unrest, Uganda has rebounded significantly to become a relatively stable country. With political stability at an all time high and economic growth exceeding 5% annually, Uganda’s middle class is expanding rapidly and urbanization is clearly visible throughout the country. However, 23.4% of the population still lives below the poverty line with most of the population concentrated in rural areas. In addition, with the second highest population growth rate in the world, Uganda’s population is expected to double in 20 years. Increasing population pressure has the ability stagnate economic growth, threaten the unique environment and severely effect health outcomes. Improving various facets of healthcare remains a top priority.

The United States Government, under President Obama’s Global Health Initiative, seeks to improve the quality of health in Uganda by improving access to care and developing sustainable community health systems. The primary focus will be improving maternal and infant mortality rates, which have remained high for decades. In addition, the rate of communicable disease in rural areas continues to increase due to the influx of refugees into the country. Approximately 1.5 million people live with HIV/AIDs and recent outbreaks of hemorrhagic fevers have threatened the population. Due to the current burden of disease, the average life expectancy in Uganda is 53, one of the worst life expectancies in the world. Improving access to medical care in rural areas, where majority of the population resides, limiting the spread of communicable disease and increasing education can significantly improve health outcomes in the Republic of Uganda.


International Medical Aid began its operations in Uganda in May 2013 with a series of mobile medical and hygiene clinics. Given this country’s lack of strong healthcare infrastructure, IMA has begun developing its own network of trusted physicians, pharmacies and referral clinics. To ensure a high quality of care, IMA has appointed an in-country Medical Director and several Patient Coordinators to ensure a seamless patient experience. IMA also engages international doctors, students and overseas hospital volunteers to staff our medical and public health operations. As a trusted partner, IMA works closely with tribal and local leaders to design and execute the most effective public health program for a given community. We also provide students and practitioners from around the world the opportunity to volunteer in diverse regions of Africa.

Key Facts

Total Population (2012)
37.2 million
Population under 15 (2012)
43.3 %
Life expectancy at birth (2012)
Maternal mortality ratio per 100,000 live births (2012)
Under 5 mortality rate per 1000 live births (2012)
Total expenditure on health as % of GDP (2010)
General government expenditure on health as % of general expenditure (2012)
Human Development Index rank out of 186 countries (2012)
Adult (15+) literacy rate (2012)
Adult male (15+) literacy rate (2012)
Adult female (15+) literacy rate (2012)
Population with sustainable access to improved drinking water (2012)
Population with sustainable access to improved sanitation (2012)


1. Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, Kenya Facts and Figures, 2008.

2. Ministry of Medical Services, Kenya Facts
and Figures, 2008

3. WHO Statistical Information Services, 2008

4. UNDP Human Development Report, 2013

5. Kenya National Bureau of Statistics: National Literacy Survey, 2007

6. WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme