CRS Partners in Uganda
Catholic Relief Services relies on many local partners to implement our projects in Uganda. By working closely with these partners, CRS is an effective, positive force in development across the country.
Ugandan Catholic Church and Caritas
CRS Uganda's largest partner is the Ugandan Catholic Church, with CRS relying on the Church's extensive network to implement development programs countrywide. CRS works with the Caritas-Lugazi and Caritas-Kasana development offices to implement the Great Lakes Cassava Initiative. These two Caritas programs serve as local partners that organize and train farmer groups and help distribute disease-resistant cassava cuttings. CRS has also worked with the Caritas-Gulu archdiocese to implement projects in the north, including water and sanitation, agriculture, and microfinance activities. In addition, CRS partners with the Church to deliver HIV and AIDS services and works closely with the Ugandan Catholic Secretariat and diocesan Justice and Peace Commissions to implement peacebuilding initiatives.
AIDSRelief Treatment Facilities
The CRS-led AIDSRelief consortium provides HIV care and treatment to more than 59,500 people living with HIV in Uganda. Eighteen partner medical facilities across the country are widely recognized for providing high-quality antiretroviral therapy and other medical treatment to AIDSRelief clients.
Government of Uganda
CRS works with the government of Uganda to promote program sustainability, maximize use of resources and ensure collaboration with other government initiatives and development programs. In particular, CRS works with the ministry of health and the divisional director of health services on HIV and AIDS initiatives. As part of this collaboration, CRS also partners with district health authorities to support prevention of HIV transmission from pregnant mothers to their newborn children.
CRS works closely with community-based organizations to implement HIV and agricultural programs. Kasana Luweero AIDS Support program, Nsambya Home Care and Kamwokya Christian Caring Community help CRS provide home-based care to 18,000 HIV-positive clients. Three community organizations also support CRS' agricultural initiatives: Volunteer Efforts for Development Concerns in Kamuli; Farming for Food and Development Program in Eastern Uganda; and Nakasongola District Farmers' Association. These organizations provide technical and marketing assistance to poor farmers, aiming to maximize yields, generate increased income and reduce crop diseases.