Safer Communities in Africa

CNIS works to secure safer communities in Uganda through injury control and prevention initiatives at the community and primary school level in Kampala and Gulu.

The Injury Control Center—Uganda (ICC-U) founded in 1996, was CNIS’ first activity in Uganda and one of our biggest successes. What began as a trauma registry has progressed to a national NGO acting as a WHO collaborating center, as well as the lead organization for SafeKids Uganda, and the Affiliate Support Center for the Swedish WHO initiative, Safe Communities. The ICC-U is also the secretariat for the Injury Prevention Initiative for Africa (IPIFA).

ICC-U carries out injury surveillance at many medical centres including Mbale Referral Hospital, in Mbale; the Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala, the Buhinga Fortportal Hospital in the Kabarole district, the Mbarara Teaching Hospital in the Mbarara district, and Lacor Hospital in Gulu.
The Harbinger Foundation, Toronto, ON, continues to support the work of CNIS with ICC-U.

For more information: www.iccu.or.ug

CNIS started teaching non-violent conflict-resolution to primary school students in Northern Uganda in 2003, after CNIS and the ICC-U studied the impact of armed conflict on the injury pandemic in the district of Gulu. With financial support from CIDA’s Peace-Building Unit, CNIS and ICC-U implemented the non-violent conflict resolution curriculum for grade five pupils and provides first aid kits for schools, first aid training for teachers, as well as curriculum resources and teacher training. The Ugandan Ministry of Education has now integrated the curriculum and after 10 years, the course has grown from six schools in 2003 to being taught at over 60 school districts in Northern Uganda.