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Uganda

Karamoja, Mid-North and West Nile Regions

© Action Against Hunger USA




Brian Musaga

Managing organization
Action Against Hunger

funder
UNICEF

Uganda experiences high rates of undernutrition, particularly stunting. Although there has been significant progress in addressing the problem of undernutrition, the rate of improvement has been slow, with a recorded decrease of stunting of approximately 20% since 1988. Its current level is categorized as “high” in terms of its public health significance. Of recent, the double burden of malnutrition has emerged, with over-nutrition (overweight and obesity) joining the ranks with under-nutrition in most vulnerable areas.

This Link NCA study covered 18 districts in Karamoja, Mid-North and West Nile sub-regions. The extensive community consultations were complemented by analyses of existing datasets of previously conducted Food Security and Nutrition Assessments conducted by WFP and UNICEF.

Across three regions of the study zone, limited access to water and non-optimal infant and young child feeding practices received the highest rating. Other highly ranked risk factors included a limited access to health facilities, limited access to income sources, low coping capacities and inadequate sanitation practices.

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