Promoting Partners

& Affiliates

Makerere University College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS)

CHUSS hosts to The AfriChild Centre, is the largest of the nine Colleges of Makerere University, with five schools and one institute. The University is the lead public university in Uganda and one of the oldest on the African continent, having been established in 1922. It has a vibrant local, regional and international student community currently standing at approximately 40,000 while CHUSS has the largest student body of a total of 8,350 students. Close to 30% of the students are at graduate level. Her research and partnerships portfolio is very rich with groundbreaking work in fields like child protection, HIV&AIDS as well as policy impacting work.

Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MoGLSD)

MoGLSD is the line Ministry responsible for championing the development and implementation of initiatives aimed at advancing knowledge and improving the effectiveness of responses targeting children in adversity. In the execution of its mandate, the Ministry works with multiple actors in the field of child protection providing support where possible and directly getting involved.

ChildFund International

ChildFund International is one of the oldest Non-Governmental Organizations in Uganda in operation since 1980 on development as well as emergency relief and disaster mitigation programs focusing on children. ChildFund is a global alliance for children driven by children’s inherent potential to thrive. ChildFund focuses on working with children throughout their life, from birth to young adulthood, as well as with families, local organizations and communities globally to create the environment children need to thrive

Columbia University

Columbia University, New York, is a world-renowned university in the United States of America. The University currently serves as the secretariat of the global Child CPC Learning Network—a constellation of over 250 agencies working in 32 countries on the development of an evidence base for efficacious child health and protection programming. The CPC Network works to strengthen and systematize childcare and protection in crisis settings through collaborative action of humanitarian agencies, local institutions, and academic partners.

The United Nations Children’s Fund

The United Nations Children’s Fund is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. UNICEF aims to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child’s path. Together with the Government of Uganda (GOU) and partners, UNICEF works towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the objectives of the Uganda National Development Plan II (NDPII), and the planned outcomes of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.

TPO Uganda

TPO Uganda is a national Ugandan Non-Governmental Organization that has been operating in Uganda since 1994. TPO-Uganda services are delivered through a community and family-oriented intervention model, which mainly focuses on identifying existing community support structures, traditional circles of support and systematically building their capacity to identify and participate in supporting the needs of: children in need of protection, survivors of gender-based violence, children and families infected and affected by HIV & AIDS; improving livelihoods of rural households and families whose socio-economic wellbeing has been incapacitated by conflict and/or any other disasters.

Africhild Affiliates

  1. Mark Canavera
  2. Dr. Lindsay Stark
  3. Dr. Sarah Meyer
  4. Agatha Kafuko
  5. Dr. Firminus Mugumya
  6. Sophie Busi

From the Africhild Knowledge Hub

The effect of COVID19 on the wellbeing of children in Uganda

The global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way we live and
work, but most critically it amplified the vulnerabilities of children and
inequities that are inherent within our communities. The government-
imposed strict prevention measures impacted the livelihoods of many
working people, hindered access to essential services like healthcare
and education. Over 15 million children in Uganda were out of school
without the protection net that schools provide.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way we live and
work, but most critically it amplified the vulnerabilities of children and
inequities that are inherent within our communities. The government-
imposed strict prevention measures impacted the livelihoods of many
working people, hindered access to essential services like healthcare
and education. Over 15 million children in Uganda were out of school
without the protection net that schools provide.
Anecdotal and media reports in Uganda suggest that the confinement
of the population at home and in their communities resulted in a sharp
rise in cases of domestic violence, child abuse, teenage pregnancy,
sexual exploitation, child labour among others. This put into sharp focus
the work of institutions like AfriChild and the need for strategies to
ensure child protection amidst not only the global COVID-19 pandemic,
but also the hidden crisis of child abuse escalated by the pandemic.

The AfriChild Centre is committed to generation of research evidence
to ensure relevant policies for children in Africa. The COVID-19 pandemic
and the subsequent government lock-down response is unprecedented.
This situation demanded empirical evidence to provide a basis for
informed action. In line with its mission, the AfriChild Centre conducted
a scientific study to generate evidence on the effect of COVID-19 on
the wellbeing of children in Uganda. This study was premised on the
emerging challenges presented by the pandemic including; limited,
inaccurate, inappropriate and non-inclusive information on COVID-19,
possible escalation of violence against children leading to increased
pressure on the already limited social protection services.

Other potential adverse effects to children include mental stress caused by
loss or separation from primary caregivers, lack of adequate access
to protection, health and education services, disruption in livelihoods
and family connections, fear and anxiety as well as increased domestic
violence in the home.

The ultimate purpose of this study report is to provide lessons for all
stakeholders from the country’s experience of the pandemic as a basis
to strengthen our health, education, economic and social protection
systems; through informed policy and programming to better respond
to the current and future pandemics, especially as relates to the
protection and well-being of our children.

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