MAF in Uganda

Uganda

MAF in Uganda

Uganda is a relatively stable country in the middle of a very unstable area. With good infrastructure, there was no need for MAF to be based in Uganda, until Idi Amin and Milton Obote destroyed the country during their presidencies. Responding to the needs of agencies that were seeking to rebuild Uganda after Museveni restored stability in 1986, MAF based a Cessna 210 in Kampala in 1987. Our services have helped open up large areas of the country since the insecurity and devastation following the days of Obote and Amin.

Much of the southern part of the country returned to normality but the roads to the north remained extremely dangerous as bands of guerrillas continued to control various areas. It was complicated further by rebel activities within Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Surface transport became and remains incredibly dangerous during times of rebel activity and many people have been attacked on the roads.

In the last few years, rebel activity by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) increased dramatically, leading to an increase in requests for flights particularly to and from Gulu and up to Kitgum, northern Uganda. The LRA, led by Joseph Kony, has a violent track record of abduction and murder. Many people have died and hundreds of thousands live in fear. Overland travel in the north, once difficult is now impossible. Peace talks, which began in July 2006, offered a ray of hope for an end to this 20-year conflict, but following several breakdowns in the talks, there is still no resolution.

In the far-west of Uganda, there are groups of rebels coming over from the continuing tribal based conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Travel in this region of Uganda is very difficult unless through flight.

Internal flights are concentrated on the west, north and north-east. We put particular emphasis on flights to the Karamoja region in the north-east as this is the most under-developed region and suffers from insecurity due to banditry and the effects of the LRA.

In 2003, operations extended to include cross-border flights into southern Sudan. These flights have become vitally time-saving for many key organizations working to rehabilitate and develop southern Sudan.

MAF in Uganda is registered as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with permission to fly for churches, missions and other NGOs.

  • Operations are based from a small airstrip at Kajjansi, only 9 miles outside the capital, Kampala.
  • There are four aircraft in the fleet, a Cessna Grand Caravan, a Cessna Caravan, a Cessna 206 and a Cessna 210.
  • There are 43 national staff and 22 international staff (included spouses).

Types of flying MAF does in Uganda:

  • Medical emergencies
  • Missions
  • Churches
  • Relief and Development Organisations
  • Government bodies
  • Evangelical outreach
  • Bible translators
  • Medical teams
  • Commercial

Organisations MAF serves in Uganda:

  • ACROSS
  • Africa Development & Emergency  Organizations
  • ALARM
  • AIC
  • AGURU (Commercial)
  • ARC
  • AVSI
  • AMREF (African Medical and Research Foundation)
  • Baptist Mission
  • British High Commission
  • CARE (Sudan)
  • Catholic Church
  • Caritas Switzerland
  • Catholic Relief Services(CRS)
  • Chemanics (CRS)
  • CHF International
  • Child Care International
  • Christian Blind Mission
  • Christian Brothers
  • Church Mission Society
  • Church of Christ
  • Church of God World Mission
  • Church of Uganda
  • Church World Service
  • Camboni Missionaries/Fathers/Sisters
  • Diocese of Lui, Mundri
  • Compassion International   Concern Worldwide
  • COOPI (Italian NGO for Malnutrition/Children)
  • COWI (consulting engineers & planners Ltd)
  • DANIDA
  • Dan Church Aid
  • Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS)
  • Equipping Ministry International
  • German Agricultural Action
  • European Union
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Far Reaching Ministries
  • German Leprosy Relief Association (GLRA)
  • Government of Uganda
  • Halo  Trust
  • GOAL
  • GTZ (German Technical Assistance)
  • International Aid Service
  • International Church for Development Co-operation
  • ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross)
  • IRC (International Rescue Committee)
  • Harvesters Reaching the Nations
  • Irish Embassy
  • Italian Co-operation
  • Malteser
  • JRS (Jesuit Refugee Service)
  • Kalongo Hospital
  • Medair
  • Lutheran World Federation
  • Kampala Pentecostal Church
  • Merlin
  • Malaria Consortium Project
  • Metany Hospital
  • Moroto Diocese
  • Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
  • Mildmay Jajja’s home
  • Mill Hill Missionaries
  • NCA (Norwegian Church Aid)
  • National Rural Electrical Co-operation Association
  • NSCC (New Sudan Council of Churches)
  • New Testament Church of Christ
  • Nzara hospital
  • Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA)
  • Open Doors
  • Oxfam
  • Pioneer Bible Translators
  • Presbyterian Church
  • Reconcile International
  • Rotal Danish Embassy
  • Sacred Heart Sisters
  • Samaritan’s Purse
  • SNV (Dutch development organisation)
  • St Josephs Hospital
  • Soroti Baptist Church
  • SOMA (sharing of ministries abroad)
  • Stromme Memorial Hospital
  • Sudan Catholic Bishops
  • Sudan Evangelical Mission
  • SIL/Wycliffe Bible Translators/JAARS/Bible Translators Association
  • Tambura Yambio Diocese
  • Tearfund
  • UCMB (Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau)
  • Uganda Catholic Secretariat
  • UNHCR
  • UNDP (United Nations Development Program)
    United Methodist Church UN (also OCHA)
  • USAID (US Agency for International Development)
  • US Department of Agriculture
  • VERFA
  • VERITAS
  • Waxahachie Bible Church
  • World Harvest Mission (WHM)
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • World Vision
  • Yambia hospital
  • Yambio
  • ZOA (refugee and internally displaced persons care Netherlands)

Demographics Uganda has the 24th lowest Human Development Index rating in the world

  • Population: 31,367,972 (UK: 61 million)
  • Birth rate: 48  births/1,000 population (UK: 11 births/1,000)
  • Life expectancy at birth: 52 years (UK: 79 years)
  • Population under 15 years: 50% (UK: 17%)
  • High infant mortality: 1 in 15 die at birth (UK: 1 in 200 die at birth)
  • Population below the poverty line: 35%
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 4.1% of population (UK: 0.2%)
  • Literacy rate: 66.8% (UK: 99%)

Infrastructure

Despite investment in infrastructure, road travel can be dangerous, particularly in war-torn northern Uganda

  • Area of the country: 91,135 sq miles (UK: 94,525 sq miles)
  • 43,961 miles of roads, but only 10,111 miles of paved roads (UK: 241,104 miles – all paved)
  • 33 airstrips of which only 5 are paved

Economy

With abundant natural resources, Uganda’s once-healthy economy was virtually destroyed by war

  • 82% of the population employed in agriculture, fishing and forestry
  • Main exports include coffee, fish and fish products, tea, gold, cotton, flowers and horticultural products

Environment

Uganda is a fertile, well-watered country with many lakes and rivers. It consists mostly of plateau with a rim of mountains but there are environmental concerns

  • Draining of wetlands for agricultural use
  • Overgrazing
  • Soil erosion from deforestation
  • Water hyacinth infestation in Lake Victoria
  • Widespread poaching

Climate

With a tropical climate, Uganda is typically rainy yet with two dry seasons. North-eastern parts are semi-arid. There are no major natural hazards

Religion

Uganda has freedom of religion, with a strong Christian presence

  • Roman Catholic: 42%
  • Protestant: 42%
  • Muslim: 12%
  • Other: 3%
  • None:1%
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