Uganda Facts: 56 Important Facts About Uganda

Last updated on July 8th, 2017 at 10:33 am

13. Uganda is under the rule of one and the same presidentYoweri Museveni–since 1986.

14. In 2005, presidential term limits were lifted and a 19-year ban on multi-party politics was also lifted. However, the lifting of the ban on presidential term limit was not welcomed by the Ugandans.

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15. In the area, the United States of America (9,833,517 sq km) is almost 41 times larger than Uganda (241,038 sq km).

16. Uganda has plenty of lakes and rivers and hence it is a well-watered country.

Flag of Uganda

Flag of Uganda
The national flag of Uganda. Image credit – CIA

17. Large families are preferred in Uganda.

18. Uganda also has one of the world’s highest fertility rate at 5.8 children per woman.

19. In its rural areas, the actual fertility rate is above the nationwide average of 5.8 children per woman. Lack of awareness of contraception and minimal governmental support for family planning is also leading to the growth in population.

20. Women are married at a young age which also exposes them to issues related to their reproductive health.

21. The country also experiences high maternal mortality rate because of the early age of childbearing and short birth intervals.

22. If the country’s population keeps on rising at the same rate, the country might have to face difficulties in supporting its population with respect to food, employment, healthcare, housing, education and more.

23. Uganda is one of the world’s poorest and least-developed countries.

24. Uganda is also short on skilled health care workers because of the lack of opportunity for medical professionals to pursue their careers in the country.

25. Doctors and nurses from the country have immigrated to other countries in search of better job opportunities.

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26. Deforestation, soil erosion, overgrazing and hyacinth infestation in Lake Victoria are some of the environmental issues that Uganda is currently facing.

27. Uganda is losing a lot of its forest cover due to the increasing demand for charcoal and firewood to sustain life.

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