Following the Covid19 pandemic that has caused fatal setbacks in the implementation of government programs globally and nationally, and in line with the President’s initiative to fight and control the enemy,
Mary Karooro Okurut, the Political head overseeing the National Response Fund to Covid19 and Minister of General Duties, Hon Karooro Okurut has, received Dignity kits from UNFPA.
Mr. Alain Sibenaler, UNFPA Representative in Uganda said,
“I am appreciative of the Government of Uganda’s remarkable response in preventing and managing the COVID-19 unprecedented pandemic that has ravaged the world”.
“As UNFPA, we join solidarity to ensure continuity of essential health services and also contribute to a sustained health system”
“With COVID-19 pandemic, a number of countries including Uganda are in a mass response mode diverting human and financial resources from various sectors to respond timely and appropriately. This is the right thing to do”
It is also important to note that this has on the other hand impacted on the economic and social wellbeing of the population and is expected to severely impact on the wellbeing of the vulnerable populations, especially the women and girls in congested peri-urban settlements and in humanitarian settings.
“Women are usually disproportionally represented in the health and social services sectors, increasing their risk of exposure to the disease”
“The economic hardships, overcrowding, lack of nutrition and water, poor health facilities and health status, and lack of basic hygienic items is likely to facilitate the rapid spread of coronavirus in such settings”
“Responses to the pandemic must protect and support girls and women’s empowerment and rights and ensure their needs are addressed and not left behind”
“A number of commodities and supplies, including menstrual health and hygiene items, are central to adolescents and women’s health, empowerment, and the exercise of sexual and reproductive health and rights”
“It is against this background that UNFPA has committed to contribute to strengthening the capacity of the vulnerable populations (girls and women) in Kampala through the provision of non-food items critical to their survival especially in terms of infection prevention practices and menstrual hygiene”
“The items that are being handed over included soap, sanitizers, buckets, and menstrual pads worth 210 million Uganda Shillings. These items have been packed into 4,000 kits. We target to reach 4,000 households in the communities with these items”
“As a key partner in this joint effort, UNFPA will continue to support the Government’s efforts to ensure continuity of essential services including, sexual and reproductive health, family planning and management of Gender-Based Violence during this pandemic era”
“This extraordinary emergency demands an extraordinary response. We, therefore, need to continue working together to protect the most vulnerable families from knock-on impacts of COVID-19”
These donations will be utilized by the Ministry of Health according to the National Response Fund to Covid 19 Chairman Engineer Emmanuel Katongole.
On Friday 24th April, Uganda’s President Museveni flagged off the first batch of 45 Motor Vehicles that had been donated to the Ministry of Health.
The donations in kind including foodstuffs and other medical equipment are always handed over to the National Taskforce for COVID-19.
President Museveni, announced the establishment of the NATIONAL RESPONSE FUND TO COVID-19 that was was formed on the 8th April,2020.
He also appointed a Committee to provide leadership to the COVID-19 Fund. The members of the Committee are: –
- Hon. Mary Karooro-Okurut, Minister of General Duties, OPM, Political oversight
- Mr. Emmanuel Katongole, CEO, Cipla Chemicals – Chairperson
- Mr. Robert Kabushenga, CEO, New Vision Group, Member
- Mr. Apollo Makubuya, Distinguished Lawyer, MMAKs Advocates, Member
- Mr. Francis Kamulegeya, CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Member
- Mr. Kishor Jobanputra, CEO, Picfare Industries, Member
- Mr. Patrick Mweheire, Regional CEO, Standard Bank Group, Member
- Mr. Bwoch Gustavas, Chairman Centenary Bank, Member
- Bishop Joshua Lwere, Member Council of Presidents, IRCU, Member
- Mr. Aga Sekalala (Jr), CEO, Ugachick, Member
- Dr. Ian Clarke, CEO, International Hospital Kampala, Member
- Dr. Francis Omaswa, Former Director General of Health Services, Member
- Mr. Keith Muhakanizi, Permanent Secretary, Secretary to the Treasury, Member
- Dr. Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Member
- Mrs. Dorothy Kisaka – Secretary/Covid-19 Fund Administrator
- The mandate of the Committee is to take responsibility for mobilizing resources for the fight against the pandemic, COVID -19 and enable provision of relief to vulnerable persons
The President recently donated 1.4M, as part of his monthly salary to the Covid-19 Fund. He pledged that this deduction will be donated every month till the pandemic of Covid-19 is eliminated. This took place on 30th April and the cash donation was brought in person by the First lady and Minister of Education, Janet Kataaha Museveni to the Covid-19 Fund Committee at the Office of the Prime Minister.
- Cabinet Ministers of the Government of Uganda
- Members of Parliament
- Members of the Judiciary
- Permanent Secretaries
- Directors, Commissioners and all Senior Civil servants
- All leaders in the local Government structures
- Mrs Dorothy Kisaka: She appealed to the wellwishers to pay their money to the banks and bring pay slips to the Fund.
- Bank Name:Stanbic Bank,Garden City
- Account Name:National Response Fund to Covid19
- Account Number:Shillings:9030017338551
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