The infant mortality rate is at an alarming rise. HIV aid has become endemic in the Ugandan mostly in the rural communities. The five leading causes of death in Uganda included communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, respiratory tract infections, and diarrheal diseases, as well as neonatal ailments that kill the infant.
Government hospitals are experiencing serious shortages of basic medicines for emergency care such as vaccines and other drugs, syringes, gloves, catheters, gauze, and others. At some government hospitals, basic facilities are missing and a lot of equipment barely functions.
The majority of patients in Uganda seek care at government public health facilities although private hospitals whose services are beyond the reach of many are common people because of rising costs for hospital services. Healthcare is simply not an option, either because it does not exist or it is completely unaffordable. Due to low-income nine out of ten people have no access to basic surgical care.
It is estimated that 85% of children need treatment for a surgical condition before the age of 15. Lack of treatment or a sometimes simple surgical solution often leads to complications, lifelong disability or death.
We want to serve children with conditions like clubfoot, Genu Varum–bowed legs, cleft lips, untreated burns, congenital cataracts, tuberculosis, and hydrocephalus. Without treatment, they will have little hope for the future. Many will die from their condition.
Uganda continues to struggle with diseases such as the following: