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UNICEF is working with partners to advance these goals globally and in Uganda. 

By Our Reporter

KAMPALA: On July 11 every year, World Population Day, UNICEF celebrates the progress made by Uganda in managing its population and advocates for further balancing population growth and the availability of resources for quality care and services, particularly for newborns.

With a population of over 45 million, Uganda has one of the fastest-growing populations in the world, with more than 50 percent of its citizens below the age of 18 years.

This number is expected to double by 2040. As the population increases, so will the needs of children and families—the need for education, health facilities, access to clean and safe water, and the protection of both boys and girls.

Uganda has made significant strides in providing essential services, such as good nutrition, health, education, and employment opportunities, to its growing population. However, as the population continues to expand, it is imperative to harmonize this growth with the availability of resources, both at the family and state levels, to guarantee the well-being and future prospects of every child.

As we commemorate World Population Day, it is crucial to underscore the importance of investing in early childhood development and safeguarding the rights of every child. By providing comprehensive support during a child’s early years, we lay a solid foundation for their overall well-being and development, enabling them to reach their full potential.

UNICEF commends the Government of Uganda for its efforts in addressing population challenges, including the implementation of evidence-based policies and programs that prioritize the health and welfare of its citizens.

These initiatives have resulted in improved maternal and child health outcomes and increased access to education and employment opportunities, setting the stage for a better future for generations to come.

UNICEF calls for continued collaboration between the Government, civil society, and international partners to ensure equitable access to essential services and opportunities, regardless of a child’s background or location.

Moreover, they urge the allocation of sufficient resources to prioritize investments in health systems, education, social protection, and livelihood programs that address the unique needs of each child and family.

Uganda has proven its commitment to nurturing its young population, and on this World Population Day, we urge all stakeholders to sustain these efforts. Together, we can build a future where every child in Uganda receives the care and support they need to thrive, ensuring a happier and more prosperous nation for all boys and girls.

World Population Day, observed annually on July 11th, is dedicated to raising awareness about population issues and the importance of reproductive health and rights.

It also emphasizes the need for balanced population growth, access to essential services, and the empowerment of individuals and communities. UNICEF is working with partners to advance these goals globally and in Uganda. 

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