Just under 50% of the
population is aged 14yrs or younger and life expectancy is around 54
years. Uganda continues to be one of the poorest countries in the
world with sub standard health care, high rates of malnutrition and
diseases such as malaria rampant, assisted by less than half of
those living in Uganda having access to safe drinking water.
There are an estimated 1.2 million children orphaned through
AIDS/HIV, that's nearly one in fourteen of the country's child
population. Literacy rates are relatively high for males at 77%
however this falls to just 57% for females.
80% of people in Uganda are engaged in
agriculture where coffee, tea, cotton, tobacco and beef are the main
products with coffee being the country's main export. Its other main
exports are fish, tea, gold and cotton.
Recent oil discoveries are likely to boost the economy further
however Uganda borders on the newly established Republic of South Sudan
and the potential for instability there particularly if north Sudan
switches off South Sudan's oil pipelines that run through its
territory make cause an influx of refugees in a country that that
already provides shelter for 215,000 Sudan refugees alongside 28,000
refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo and a further 24,00
refugees from neighbouring Rwanda.
documentary below provides further insights into daily life in Uganda and
gives a good look and feel of life in Uganda today.