In December 2019, China reported cases of a viral pneumonia caused by a previously unknown pathogen that emerged in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people in central China. Currently, there is no specific treatment against COVID-19 in the world. Uganda particularly is in a vulnerable position of having a wide spread of the virus given that it has already confirmed over 30,000 cases. With porous border points and internal incapacities, it is therefore important that Uganda and it’s local and international partners invest heavily in preventive and care measures to curb down further spread of the COVID-19 and minimize its impact in the country and more so to the peri-urban and rural parts of the country.
SARD-Net with support from SCIAF and Trocaire contributes in the emergency response to COVID-19 in Uganda. The main goal of the project is to improve household hygiene and sanitation to curb the impact of COVID-19 in Uganda.
- 10,000 people consisting of 5,800 females and 4,200 males were sensitized on COVID-19 by SARD-Net.
- 580 households consisting of 3,480 people (2,088females and 1,392males) received facemasks to prevent spread of COVID-19 in the community.
- 290 households received hand washing soap to prevent spread of COVID-19 in the community.
- 350 households; 10 community market places and 20 institutions received hand washing kits and jerry cans to prevent spread of COVID-19 and improve hygiene and sanitation at household level.
- 20 megaphones were distributed to 20 villages i.e. for 18 VHTs and 2 Community mobilisers to sensitize the community on COVID-19 and other related diseases in Erussi and Ndhew sub counties, Nebbi District, Uganda.