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May 19, 2020

We woke up one day and our world had changed. The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) had arrived.  As a lockdown was put in place to mitigate the spread of the virus, plans and daily routines ground to a halt.  Communities and individuals alike tried to figure out how to adapt to a world transformed by stay-at-home orders and physical distancing.

May 19, 2020

In some of the poorest and most vulnerable regions in Uganda, where people lack basic necessities such as food and running water, access to information is also difficult. The role of local traditional leaders as trusted messengers is essential, particularly during crises such as COVID-19. USAID’s Integrated Community Agriculture and Nutrition Activity, or ICAN, partners with cultural and traditional leaders as key change agents.

May 15, 2020

Over the past two years, approximately 250 miners have been mining and trading peacefully with the community in Rupa, in the Moroto district of Karamoja. But in March 2020, with the arrival of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the miners—Ugandans from other communities and non-Ugandans from the neighboring countries—were told to stop work and close the mines to comply with the president’s order to close all public activities. Fearing the spread of the virus, the local community accused the miners of hosting relatives and outside visitors. As the situation escalated, miners were forcefully evicted from their properties and their shops, livestock, and personal belongings looted. 

May 13, 2020

For too many families in Uganda, every month is a struggle to survive. There may be just enough money today to put food on the table and clothe the children, but if something goes wrong—an unexpected illness, the loss of a job, a natural disaster—then a family can suddenly find itself unable to cope. One of USAID’s main goals in Uganda is to promote resilience. That means improving a household’s ability to withstand, mitigate, and recover from unexpected shocks.

March 23, 2020

Dressed in a white coat with a mask on her face, Dr. Susan Adakun Akello moves through Uganda’s Mulago National Referral Hospital without fear of infection. She had just returned from making rounds in the tuberculosis (TB) ward at the hospital. Her smile is warm and welcoming as she invites visitors into her well-aerated office within the ward that is supported through the USAID Defeat TB Activity.


Newsroom articles for USAID Uganda

Last updated: June 19, 2020

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