The United States Mission to Uganda is presenting it’s first-ever Report to the Ugandan People, containing a summary of some of the most important U.S. assistance programs in Uganda during the last year.
“The stories contained in this Report highlight the many successes of Ugandans across the country and demonstrate the strength and value of the relationship between the United States and Uganda,” reads a statement released by the Mission.
In Foreword comments by Deborah R. Malac, Ambassador U.S. Mission to Uganda, she reveals that in Fiscal Year 2016, the United States provided more than $840 million (UGX 2.9 trillion) in assistance to NGOs, local communities, government agencies, and other partners, making Uganda one of the largest recipients of U.S. aid in sub-Saharan Africa and the world.
More than half of that assistance, some $488 million, was dedicated to programs in the health sector, including efforts to control the spread of HIV, combat infectious diseases, and build stronger and more effective health systems.
“The U.S. government remains committed to helping all Ugandans build the kind of country they want and deserve. The programs and activities we support to help achieve that goal aim to create a healthy, prosperous, and stable country with just and democratic governance, which will in turn produce an inclusive, educated, and empowered society.
“This is why the United States invests in Uganda: to see its people live up to their full potential
The work of the U.S. Mission in Uganda is carried out by several U.S. government agencies and programs, including the Departments of State and Defense, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the Peace Corps, and the National Institutes of Health.
The United States recognized Uganda on October 9, 1962, in a congratulatory message from President John F. Kennedy to Prime Minister A. Milton Obote. On that day, diplomatic relations were established and the American consulate general at Kampala was raised to Embassy status.
The American Embassy at Kampala was closed on November 10, 1973, when all U.S. diplomatic personnel were withdrawn from Uganda.
The Department of State later cited as factors that prompted the closure persistent internal security problems, operating difficulties for American programs and personnel, repeated public threats against Embassy officials and other Americans by high Ugandan officials, and finally the abrupt expulsion of the U.S. Marine Security Guard that protected the Embassy.
Diplomatic relations were not interrupted and Uganda maintained an embassy in Washington. American interests in Uganda were represented by the Federal Republic of Germany.
The American Embassy at Kampala was re-established on June 18, 1979.