As the pandemic continues, Humanity & Inclusion is working alongside communities to meet their needs and promote prevention and public health measures.
In Uganda, Humanity & Inclusion is part of a joint project implemented by seven non-government organizations in the Impavi, Omugo and Ofua settlements. The project to contain Covid-19 has already reached 60,000 people.
Health conditions are improving in Uganda, which recorded a steep drop in Covid-19 cases following a lockdown between June and July and an ongoing curfew. However, the vaccination rate remains low. Only 9% of people have had two doses of the vaccine.
Promoting public health measures
Working alongside health staff and communities, Humanity & Inclusion is helping counter the direct and indirect impact of Covid-19 by:
- Promoting inclusive communication of public health messages, such as translating information into sign language
- Producing six Covid-19 awareness radio segments
- Helping 200 health facilities, organizations run by and for people with disabilities, and local communities identify and support particularly at-risk populations, including aging and sick people
- Implementing hygiene training
- Evaluating staffing and equipment needs in five health centers
Ensuring equal access to essential services
Humanity & Inclusion is making it easier for people to access humanitarian aid and employment to curb the economic effects of the pandemic. Its actions include:
- Providing cash grants for people to access essential services such as food, medicine and housing
- Helping people access temporary work so they can receive food aid and to promote economic growth
- Supplying 200 telephones to enable electronic fund transfers in areas with stable cell service
- Training communities to prevent violence and abuse by establishing a free helpline, suggestions box and report desk
- Forming and training community boards to record and address reports of violence and abuse