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2020 was a year like no other. All of our lives have been affected in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic, including those in East Africa. 

In 2021, the situation has not changed. Across Uganda and South Sudan, thousands are facing a pandemic after already enduring years of conflict, ongoing food insecurity, poor access to disability care and lack of education.

We are launching an emergency appeal to seek additional funding of £10,000 to support the critical and life-saving needs of refugees in Uganda and those displaced by war in South Sudan. This funding will help HHA build the resilience of refugees through increased food security, disability care and agricultural support. Help us fight for zero hunger.


The situation across Uganda and South Sudan remains fragile and humanitarian needs are extremely significant. More than 62% of refugees in Uganda are originally from South Sudan, who have fled their country due to war, violence and political instability. Across these two countries, families continue to face violence, food insecurity and a lack of access to basic services such as health and education. The COVID-19 pandemic further aggravates the refugees’ situation with food survival rations being reduced by 40% in the last 14 months leading to households using negative coping mechanisms like skipping meals or in worse cases, begging, transactional sex or early/forced marriage. 


Food insecurity

Disability care

Agriculture support

Uganda and South Sudan both rank as ‘alarming’ in the 2020 Global Hunger Index, highlighting the extreme vulnerability of their populations in the face of the food crisis. The majority of these refugees are reliant on food aid, though monthly rations typically only last between 8 – 14 days of a 30 day month with the recent decrease in food survival rations. This extreme chronic hunger brought on by severe poverty will mean some of the most vulnerable are likely to go days without eating.
Food insecurity typically impacts the most vulnerable, including those with disabilities. Refugees with disabilities are among the most vulnerable, with many arriving into settlements with no wheelchairs or walking aids which drastically prohibits their independence, their access to key services (such as education or health) and alienates them from community activities. There is stigma faced by those with disabilities who are often viewed as demonised or cursed. As a landlocked country, many of Uganda’s population rely on subsistence agriculture to feed their families. However, the agriculture sector continues to be hindered from its full potential due to poor agricultural practices, insecurity over land ownership, severe climate and environmental  conditions and lack of education for farmers, meaning the vast majority of farmers across Uganda and South Sudan are unable to feed their family enough.


HHA's response

Food insecurity

With additional support, HHA will be able to provide emergency food rations to 1,800 of those suffering from hunger and malnutrition. Thanks to a partnership with Edesia, will be able to deliver 1 x container of Plumpy’Nut to UNHCR Uganda to help fight severe and acute malnutrition in the refugee settlements. Plumpy’Nut can treat a child with severe and acute malnutrition in just 6-10 weeks - literally saving their life.

Disability care

We believe every person with a disability should be empowered and equipped to overcome disability challenges. With additional support, HHA will be able to equip over 400 disabled refugees with a wheelchair or alternative walking aid by the end of 2021. 

Agriculture support

Improving agriculture practices is critical to reducing poverty, increasing incomes, boosting prosperity and creating jobs, especially for women and youth. With additional funding, HHA will be able to further equip 100 South Sudanese farmers with the tools, seeds and training they need  to produce their own crops and feed their families.


Case studies

How Modi's life was saved with Plumpy'Nut food rations

Why Ester received life-changing disability aid

A successful harvest for many