An international charity urgently calls on the public to support their work in Uganda, helping vulnerable communities affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Alongside Africa is a UK-registered charity that supports vulnerable communities in Uganda. The charity’s approach has always been to provide ‘opportunities, not aid’. However, in the face of unprecedented challenges caused by Covid-19, the international development organisation has been forced into this approach in the short term.
Hospitals in the country have rapidly become overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients, with a critical shortage of oxygen, no vaccines available to help reduce hospitalisations, and hospital staff often working with insufficient personal protective equipment to limit transmission.
To control the spread of the virus, the Government has banned all private and public transport, imposed a 7pm to 5.30am curfew and banned any form of inter-district travel. Compounded by a recent lack of rain that has impacted agricultural activity, the lockdown prevents very many from earning a living or being able to feed themselves or their families.
In response to the dire situation, Alongside Africa is working with the Covid-19 Task Force at the Kabale Referral Hospital to cook and deliver 100 meals daily for patients, carers, and staff and provide the hospital with urgently needed equipment and PPE.
Lawrance Titterton, Chair of Alongside Africa, who is currently living in Uganda, said:
“Hospitals in Uganda can provide limited medical services, but not associated services such as meals or laundry. Because of this, patients often have to rely on a carer they know to cook for them during their stay, but this is the support that most people do not have in the current crisis.
“Alongside Africa is committed to sustainably supporting vulnerable communities. But in light of acute need in the current situation, we have no choice but to do whatever we can to help.”
Given Alongside Africa’s normal work is delivered through three long-standing programmes, the small charity is calling on the public to support their efforts by providing food and essential equipment to those on the front lines of Covid-19 care in the country.
“Providing hot meals in this way falls well outside our normal work, so we need the public to support our efforts and raise vital funds so we can continue providing these patients and caregivers with hot, nutritious meals and hospital equipment until this crisis is over.”