Covid Relief Program

The Covid 19 pandemic that started its effect on Uganda in March 2020 with two strong waves and consequently two lockdowns There were a number of restrictions on movement and a general close down of services imposed by the government to prevent the spread of the virus.

These sudden changes left most of our children with no access to medical care, food, and other support services and as a result there were reports of children with disabilities dying due to hunger, missed medication/reviews. There was also a significant increase in defilement, abuse and neglect of children and young adults with disabilities.

Mukisa sought permission from the ministry of health to start an emergency response to the needs of the children and their families. This included transporting children to hospitals, providing medical care and medicine for those with chronic conditions, provision of food, emergency rescue, care for sexually abused children and ensuring that they got the justice they deserved by working with the police to ensure that the perpetrators were apprehended and that justice was served. These efforts were later joined by other organizations, individuals and government entities such as Kampala Capital city Authority (KCCA) to form a Covid-19 emergency rescue committee for children with disabilities. 9320 children have been reached with different services in the districts of Kampala, Wakiso, Mpigi, Luwero, Nakasongola, Masaka, Jinja, and Napak in karamojja . Some continue to get nutritional and medical support as their families have not yet recovered from the effects of the pandemic which we believe will be felt in many years to come…..

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