Masaka, 14 July, 2020 / 10:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops in Uganda, Caritas Uganda, has reached out to over one million people living within the borders of the East African nation, offering them humanitarian support amid COVID-19 challenges, a report obtained by ACI Africa indicates.
“In the effort to contribute to the national effort to curb further spread of the virus, provide social assistance and meaningful life, the Caritas fraternity in Uganda has responded by reaching out to at least 1,231,400 people most in need not only Ugandans but to refugees and asylum seekers as well,” Francis Jjunju, a journalist working with Radio Sapientia of Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) has reported.
Household utilities, food, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), hygiene materials, as well as cash money are among the items the beneficiaries of the outreach are getting. The items are channeled through the dioceses to Special Interest People like the elderly and expectant mothers, the Tuesday, July 14 shows.
With the support of Caritas Denmark, Caritas Uganda has partnered with the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau and launched a response plan in the Catholic Sees of Kasese, Nebbi and Gulu where PPEs have been delivered to five health facilities in high-risk districts; sanitation facilities have also been provided to vulnerable households.
The landlocked East African nation, which has the success story of not recording any COVID-19 related death, has reported at least 1,025 cases of the coronavirus and 908 recoveries since March 21 when the first case of the virus was confirmed.