Last Updated: 07/09/2020
While cases to continue to rise in Uganda, the spread is slow, and local health officials say they are prepared to treat all people suffering from COVID-19. Public transportation is operating at half capacity, and mass gatherings have been halted. Churches, schools and nonessential businesses are closed, and a curfew remains in place from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Face coverings are required in public. Farmers in Uganda have been hard-hit, and food prices have increased. Recently, the Ugandan government temporarily opened its borders to thousands of refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Refugees will be quarantined for two weeks and tested for COVID-19.
Compassion child development centers have discontinued group activities. Partner church staff members are visiting homes of beneficiaries only when absolutely necessary, including assisting with medical needs and child protection. They are sending monetary support to beneficiary families as electronic transfers to mobile phones or in the form of cash to those who must walk to the center while observing safety measures. Additionally, they have been able to distribute 37,085 food packs and 8,576 hygiene kits to Compassion-assisted families and they have provided medical support to 3,249 individuals.