Uganda’s economy relies heavily on agriculture, which employs nearly 80% of the population. Over the past two decades, pesticide use in Uganda has increased considerably, rising from 1,489 tonnes in 1994 to 18,928 tonnes in 2018.

Pesticide poisoning is a significant problem, with 74% of recorded cases a result of intentional acts of self-harm.

Suicide attempt is still illegal in Uganda and people who have attempted to take their own lives often find themselves ostracised from society.

Current Projects

Identification of HHPs responsible for poisoning and death

CPSP is currently undertaking a study to identify pesticides used in acts of self-poisoning between 2017 – 2021.

This work includes data collection from 7 regional police headquarters, 4 regional referral hospitals and one forensic lab.

Data collected includes:

  • Age, sex, occupation and education of poisoned person
  • Poisoning agent used
  • Location
  • Reason for act of self-poisoning
  • Symptoms and outcome

The study also includes a retrospective review of pesticide registries, collected from both the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health.

Through this work, we aim to identify toxic pesticides responsible for deaths in Uganda. This information will help policy makers and regulators explore how the most harmful pesticides can be taken out of use.

 This project is being delivered in partnership with the Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health at Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH).

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