Health, Nutrition & HIV/AIDS

Health, Nutrition & HIV/AIDS

In Uganda, as it is in most developing countries around the world: children are dying before they have a chance to live, mothers are dying in childbirth, malnutrition and outbreaks of disease are devastating communities and HIV/AIDS has led to millions of loss of lives and large number of orphans and vulnerable children. We don’t want any of these things to happen. In fact, we want all children, women and their families to experience good health. To ensure this happens, our teams focus on three essential ways to improve health and reduce mortality: good nutrition, protection from infection and disease and access to essential health services.

With protection from diseases that have previously blighted their existence, families can live fuller, freer lives and parents can work to provide for their children’s needs.

With the proper nutrients, children can grow and work toward their full potential. And, with access to essential health services, motherhood becomes a positive experience without suffering, illness, or death.

Sagazi foundation has tried and tested strategic approach to solving complex health problems. We help bring about lasting behavioural change by providing training in good health practices and connecting communities to what works so women, children and families can survive and thrive. We help families to protect their health by advocating for improved health services with better practices.

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We are working hard to reach HIV/AIDS victims, vulnerable mothers, children, and adolescents all over the country. Despite our efforts, thousands still don’t have access to what they need to thrive. For example:

  • Poor nutrition accounts for 60% of deaths among children under five; with 14% of children being underweight and 33% stunted.
  • The top killers of children younger than five are pneumonia (13%), diarrhoea (8%), neonatal sepsis (7%), malaria (5%), measles (1%), and AIDS (1%) 3
  • Child marriage and teenage pregnancy rates a major concern, with HIV still remaining stubbornly prevalent and the second leading cause of death among adolescents