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May 22, 2020

Impact of covid-19 on households in Uganda.

As the world is dealing with the effects of the corona virus socially and economically, so is Uganda, The country has 160 confirmed cases of the virus, 66 recoveries, and zero fatalities. Covid-19 has not only affected the health sector of the country but all sectors have been affected this because the virus spreads so fast and its airborne, leaving the president with no choice but to put the country under a complete lockdown coming close to two months now. This has had its both negative and positive effects on everyone but the concern is mainly on the vulnerable girls and children whose families have not been able to afford and offer basic needs.

The country has registered increased number of domestic violence cases in families, this is majorly attributed to many women tormented behind the lock down and they are not able to report such unjust circumstances. Children especially the girls are also stuck at home and in the villages with their tormentors.

“Since he had been going out with other women, I requested that we do an HIV test which he rejected. On the day the president announced a 14 day lockdown, late in the night he crept in, held my mouth tight and took advantage of me,”.

Nakawunde Farida(not real name)a mother of five and resident of Kalangala village, Bagezza sub-county, in Mubende district recently called the Action Aid Uganda helpline crying as of New vision 20th April 2020.

Many young people are confined in their homes with their abusers and these are the people they are close to for example fathers, uncles, brothers and other relatives .Women on the other hand have become breadwinners for the families surviving on the little savings they had since some men have resorted to drinking and neglecting the families. Girls have not been able to access menstrual hygiene materials, young children are being affected by malnutrition and hunger since Households are not able to provide basic needs.

The government of Uganda under the office of the Prime Minister donated food stuffs to the most vulnerable households in the slums of kampala. However, this is not sustainable as the country is still under a lockdown and the food provided was not enough.

We humbly appeal to our dear donors to please donate to this cause, we plan to feed 100 families in the slums of Katanga and kamokya in kampala.25 kgs for maize flour and 20 kgs of dry beans can feed a household of five occupants for a month.

May 22, 2020

menstrual hygiene day

Menstrual hygiene day is next week on the 28th of May which is an annual awareness day to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene. It is a global platform that brings together ngos, the media, individuals, teachers, children and women, the government and the private sector to break barriers associated with menstruation.

Menstruation and menstrual practices still face many social, cultural, and religious restrictions which are a big barrier in the path of menstrual hygiene management. In many parts of the country especially in rural areas girls are not prepared and aware about menstruation so they face many difficulties and challenges at home, schools, and work spaces. Girls and women have very less or no knowledge about reproductive tract infections caused due to ignorance of personal hygiene during menstruation time. In rural areas, women do not have access to sanitary products or they know very little about the types and method of using them or are unable to afford such products due to high cost. So, they mostly rely on reusable cloth pads which they wash and use again.

At Joy for Children Uganda ,we continue to commit ourselves to advocate for the rights of girls who are not able to access sanitary towels especially in these uncertain times of covid-19. Teachers should also be educated and trained to impart knowledge about menstruation and menstrual hygiene management among students. Social and electronic media also play an important role to make the girls and women aware about the latest menstrual products, different manufacturers and government policies.

We look forward to next week to join the rest of the world in acknowledging the menstrual hygiene management day.

Mar 24, 2020

Preventive measures to guard agaisnt Corona virus.

Women in our saving groups at Joy for Children-Uganda,acting on corona virus prevention,infection and sread recommendations and guidelines.

The women and children in the slum communities of kampala where we have two projects have been told about and trained about the ways in which the deadly Covid-19 can be avoided,these  among others are:

  • Washing hands with warm soapy water before touching anything.
  • Practising social distancing.
  • Maintaing personal hygiene.
  • Sanitising hands and places of convinience.
  • Looking out for the signs which normally present in cough,flu,and fever and calling the toll free numbers of Ministry of health incase of any suspected cases of the virus.

Unfortunatley,we will not continue carrying out our field activities until the 30 days ban elapse.

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