Known as the “pearl of Africa”, Uganda is a beautiful country with varied landscapes. Over 80% of the population is rural, and almost 50% is 15 years of age or younger. Although the country has greatly reduced monetary poverty over the past 5 years, it still faces hurdles in improving sanitation, electricity and education access, and child health.
COUNTRY COVID UPDATE
At the start of June, Uganda had maintained a relatively low infection rate and had yet to experience any COVID-related deaths. These lower infection rates are the result of a number of government-sanctioned containment measures to slow transmission of COVID-19 including school closures, travel restrictions, improved handwashing stations, social distancing, and lockdown.
That being said, many Ugandans now face dire food insecurities, a situation made all the worse by locusts spreading across Uganda largely unchecked during quarantine. In response to the devastating spread of locusts throughout East Africa, World Renew is supporting local partner, the Pentacostal Assemblies of God, in helping affected communities. This includes delivering training and awareness of measures that can be taken to mitigate the impact of these locusts. Some crops are also being treated to stop the locusts’ spread. In response to the changing context of COVID-19, training groups are being limited to no more than 5 participants and government staff are being involved in all monitoring and training provided.
World Renew has also continued some aspects of our livelihood training work in the Nebbi District in compliance with COVID-19 response best practices.