Country profile: Uganda



Uganda has long been a restricted destination to travellers due to its military and political unrest. Uganda achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1962 but the dictatorial regime of Idi Amin (1971-1979) was responsible for the deaths of some 300,000 Ugandans. Guerrilla war and human rights abuses under Milton Obote (1980-1985) claimed another 100,000 lives. During the 1990s the government has promulgated non-party presidential and legislative elections, and the country has been reopened to visitors. There is essentially no tourist infrastructure in the country and the levels of travel comfort are low. However, Uganda does offer some superb scenery, from the Murchison Falls on the Victoria Nile River to the Ssese Islands in Lake Victoria and the rugged Rwenzori Mountains in the west. Visiting the mountain gorillas deep in the rain forest of Bwindi National Park is an unforgettable experience.

In recent years, there have been anti-government rebel-force uprisings in which tourists have been killed. It is therefore vital to consult your Foreign Office for the latest travel advice before planning an elective in Uganda.

Northern Uganda should be considered very carefully before aranging an elective in the vicinity but the south west and the suburbs of Kampala are both a long away from the northern region and therefore less likely to be dangerous. Uganda south of Murchison Falls National Park (which includes North and West Nile) is the safest area of the country.

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Quick facts

Capital Kampala
Population 41 480 000
Language English (official), Swahili (official), Luganda
Literacy 78.4%
Timezone GMT + 3
Telephone code +256
Currency UGX (Shilling)
Growth 2.72%

Health data

Life expectancy M: 60 years    F: 65 years
No. doctors 0.09 per 1000 population
Hospital profiles 43
Medschool profiles 2

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