Uganda’s stay-at-home order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus has left some residents fearful they will die of hunger rather than the virus especially in poor districts like Kagadi
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic that is sweeping the world, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni issued clear rules: stay at home unless it is an emergency. With his directive, he stopped all passenger service and private vehicles and imposed a curfew from 7 p.m. until 6:30 a.m., which effectively makes the stay at home order mandatory.
But most of Uganda’s residents are a hand-to-mouth lot. Literally, they live off their ability to make it to town centers every day. A slight disruption in this routine means people will go hungry at home.
“We are going to die of hunger before this virus even kills us,” one person said.
Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, a Member of Parliament for Kyadondo County East in Wakiso district, said the the situation “is getting worse.” Though there was hope when the government announced that it would distribute food to vulnerable people affected by the lockdown, “they are not distributing food to everyone,” he said. “They underestimated the number of people who need relief.”
Maisha Holistic Africa Foundation responded to the current COVID 19 crisis by offering food supplies and other essential items like cooking oil , sugar , salt , tea leaves , onions , maize, rice , multi-purpose soap, and tooth paste.
Maisha Holistic Africa Foundation is to extended relief food supplies to all hospitals as well and powder milk for young children in Bunyoro Sub-region.
The Foundation has already delivered food vulnerable families.
The Foundation will despatch some more food to tackle the lack of powder milk for young children in Bunyoro Sub-region because that is another category that cannot wait.
As Maisha Holistic Africa Foundation we will look for means of using Mobile Money to send to some families money as well especially the neediest. “The Foundation is just waiting to see whether it will work out to send some Mobile Money to some families so that more people can be helped out,”