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About Uganda

A landlocked country in East Africa bordered by Tanzania on the south and the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the west, Uganda is most widely known for the dictatorship of Idi Amin in the 1970s that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands. With a literacy rate of only 66.8% and a population that consists of at least 50% children under the age of 15, education in both academics and health are major concerns for the populace. Uganda suffers from a very high risk of major disease, including hepatitis, AIDS, malaria, plague, typhoid fever, and a variety of other afflictions unique to the African continent.

Many of these ailments can be prevented with proper education and hygiene. Unfortunately, such education is extensively lacking in Uganda, as the government continues to focus it's primary energies on rebuilding the economic stability of the nation. Frequent refugee influxes from the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo to west also serve to introduce large-scale exposure to new or recently-battled diseases to the population.

With a landmass slightly smaller than the state of Oregon and a population over 10 times higher at 31.3 million people, such exposure rapidly spreads, compounding the necessity for a prepared, healthy, and educated populace.