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Danish People’s Aid is launching a COVID-19 operation in Uganda with support from Novo Nordisk Fund

Together with a local actor, Danish Peoples Aid is launching a COVID-19 effort in Uganda to combat the spread of the virus in one of the country’s refugee camps. The initiative will increase awareness and knowledge about the disease among the residents of the refugee camp as well as ensure access to clean water and hygiene articles. With support from Novo Nordisk Fund, Danish Peoples Aid can help more than 10,000 families.

In the Kyangwali refugee camp in western Uganda, more than 120,000 Congolese refugees have sought refuge from the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Kyangwali refugee camp is special as it consists of 81% women and children, and up to 8,000 of the residents are categorized as particularly vulnerable as they are either terminally ill, disabled, or orphaned children.

During Uganda’s lockdown, misinformation about COVID-19 has spread throughout the country. At the same time, access to clean water and proper hygiene conditions have been critical, which is crucial in combating the spread of infection – and is especially challenging for refugee camps. Therefore, Danish Peoples Aid has collaborated with their local partner CIDI (Community Integrated Development Initiatives) to launch initiatives to prevent and combat the spread of the infection in one of Uganda’s 11 refugee camps.

Targeted efforts must reduce the spread

Klaus Nørlem, Secretary General of Danish Peoples Aid, says:

“We cannot just watch and avoid acting when such a large number of human lives are feared to be infected with COVID-19. The efforts in the refugee camps in Uganda is aiming to eliminate misinformation about the disease and to ensure clean water and sanitation that will prevent further spread of the virus. If such a contagious disease catches up with a large group of vulnerable people, then it can go wrong. It is about acting quickly “.

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