Climate change and disasters (floods, landslides, epidemics and droughts) are an increasing serious and frequent threat in Uganda. It has undermined efforts towards poverty reduction by posing a serious threat to sustainable development for the poor in terms of food security and healthcare, especially to women and children. Coupled with this is the recent refugee influx from neighbouring countries i.e. Burundi, Congo and South Sudan, with the latter registering the highest number of refugees in recent months. The changing weather patterns can no longer guarantee them survival, alternative approaches are sought.
The Church of Uganda (CoU) fulfils its mission through 5 major departments for purposes of effectiveness and efficiency. Through the Planning, Development and Rehabilitation (PDR) department, the church responds to issues that potentially impact meaningful and sustainable development and these include preventable diseases like Malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS, environmental stewardship, gender mainstreaming, Disaster Risk Management, population growth and sexual reproductive health and rights, human rights and citizen participation. Church of Uganda is a member of ACT Alliance.