According to UNHCR, Uganda currently hosts over  1,250,000 refugees and asylum seekers from neighbouring countries.? Close to 900,000 are from South Sudan, and 1,000–2,000 people continue to arrive every day.  The high numbers have increasingly strained response in Uganda.?

Poor rainfall from March to May and an armyworm outbreak will reduce harvests in the middle of 2017, leading to increased food insecurity outcomes in the country.

INFORM measures Uganda's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be high, at 5.9/10. Lack of coping capacity is of concern, at 6.9/10. ?

Latest Developments

01/05: The number of refugee and asylum seekers in Kenya now stands at 1,250,000 with 899,000 from South Sudan.?

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Key figures

  • 1,250,000 Refugees in Uganda  [?]
  • 8,990,000 South Sudanese refugees  [?]
  • 1,600,000 In need of food assistance  [?]

Key priorities

Nutrition: SAM and GAM rates among refugees and in Karamoja are of particular concern.???

Food security: A large proportion of refugees in Uganda depend on food assistance.?

WASH: As the number of refugees is constantly increasing, gaps in the provision of WASH services have been reported. Access to safe drinking water is reported limited in Karamoja, Uganda's poorest region.??

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Information Gaps and needs

  • Information on SGBV, especially in refugee settlements is lacking.
  • Updated numbers for HIV incidence in children and adolescents is lacking.
Key documents

Freedom House


Freedom in the World 2015 - Uganda

Freedom House


Freedom in the World 2016 - Uganda

Human Rights Watch


Uganda - HRW Country Report 2014