Practical water and sanitation session with community health officers in Rhino HC4 camp. | © Tiko / HI
The organisation helps the most vulnerable people to meet their needs and promotes prevention and public health measures.
HI’s response aims to contain the COVID-19 epidemic. It forms part of a joint project implemented by seven NGOs in the Impavi, Omugo and Ofua settlemenets in the districts of Terego and Madi-Okollo. Some 60,000 people have already benefited from HI’s actions.
HI works in the field to counter the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19. It provides training and support to health staff, communities and quarantine centres to:
HI also works to protect the most vulnerable people during the pandemic by making it easier for them to access humanitarian aid and employment schemes. In addition, the organisation helps implement protection and resilience mechanisms for people vulnerable to violence and abuse. Its actions include:
Health conditions have improved markedly in Uganda, following a steep fall in recorded Covid-19 cases. A lockdown between June and July and an ongoing curfew have led to a sharp drop in contaminations. The overall vaccination rate in Uganda remains low. Only 9 percent of people have had two doses of the vaccine, reflecting a widespread fear of its side effects.