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Plan Uganda is working with communities to promote child development.


Plan’s strategy in Uganda works to ensure that all children access their rights to survival, development, protection and participation.

The 2011 UDHS results show that early childhood mortality rates have decreased over time. For example, under-five mortality has decreased from 143 deaths per 1,000 live births in the 10-14 years prior to the survey to 125 deaths in the 5-9 years prior to the survey to 90 deaths per 1,000 live births in the 5 years prior to the survey.

Uganda’s population is projected at 34.1 million people in 2012. The high population growth rate of 3.2 % implies that over one million people are added onto Uganda’s population every year.

According to UBOS figures, in 2012 alone close to 1.7 million babies were born. If this high population growth rate continues, Uganda’s population will be 54 million in 2025 and 130 million by 2050. The factors underlying the high population growth rate are many but the high fertility rate of 6.2 children per woman stands out.

Key goals

To help address these issues, Plan works to ensure the rights of children in Uganda – to survival, protection, development, and participation – are better respected, protected, and fulfilled. Underlying this overall goal is the recognition that sustainable improvements in the quality of life of marginalised children and their families crucially depend upon their empowerment to speak out and act collectively.

The country programmes are built to reflect the life-cycle of a child at the various stages of development:

  • Early childhood (under 6 years)
  • Primary school years (6-12 years)
  • Adolescence (over 12 years).


Today, we celebrate our 22 years of efforts, working with children in the poorest communities in Uganda to change  lives of children through 8 impact areas including: Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD), sexual and reproductive health, education, participation and governance, Disaster risk management, water and sanitation, economic security and child protection.

Plan Uganda through the Community Learning Action for Children (CLAC) reached thousands of children with school readiness skills to help them access early learning. Over 6,000 parents in Alebtong, Kampala, Lira, Luwero and Tororo, have been equipped with positive parenting practices in sanitation and hygiene, interactive talk, play, friendship as well as food and nutrition.

The Community Led Total Sanitation programme has had a huge impact. For example in Tororo district (Eastern Uganda) where the programme is being implemented, some sub counties like Molo have for first time in the country attained an Open Defecation Free (ODF) status.

Find out more about what we do and our achievements