FACT: Declining poverty levels over time (but 24% still living on less than $1.25 a day)

FACT: The Demographic significance of children (56% of the population)

FACT: Key child health indicators namely infant and under 5 mortality though improving are still poor ( at 54/1000 and 90/1000 respectively)

FACT: 150,000 children ( 0-14 years) living with HIV/AIDS ( only 32%of children accessing ART)

FACT: 55% of children have lost either one or both parents

FACT: 29.6% of children have disabilities

FACT: 29% of children registered

FACT: 25.4% of children in Uganda ( 5-17 years ) engaged in labour ( with 97% being unpaid labour)

FACT: Impressive basic education indicators (primary school net enrolment ratio stands at 83%)

FACT: Gains in primary education are rapidly lost in the transition to secondary education (Secondary school net enrolment ratio of 25%), FACT: Widespread prevalence of various forms child abuse and neglect through macro-prevalence data is unavailable

Message from Minister

The Government of Uganda as a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the child is committed to reform and consolidate the Law relating to the Children; to provide for the care, protection and maintenance of Children; to provide for the Local authority support for children; to establish a family and children court; to make provision for the children charged with offences and for other conn ...
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It’s our great pleasure to introduce a new mechanism of child protection, the Uganda Child Helpline- 116 toll free line for reporting cases of child abuse. The Uganda Child Helpline is an avenue for reporting incidents of violence, speaking out, seeking emergency assistance, and getting information on available services specifically for children. The facility however is used by adults as well who report cases on behalf of children. Increasingly, the Child Helpline is being recognized as an integral part of any child protection system to provide an invaluable service to children in need of care and protection.  While a child’s reason for calling may vary between regions, tribes, religions, physical and mental abilities, one factor remains the same; the caller’s first step towards child participation is being made. In effect, a child is asking to be heard, a right that is enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC).  The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) has integrated the Child Helpline within current efforts of strengthening national child protection systems, particularly within the social welfare reforms aimed at improving the function of Probation and Social Welfare Officers. When done, t ...
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