The impact of COVID 19 is being felt the world over. Even if you’re living in a country currently not in lockdown mode, your daily habits have changed.
Social distancing is something else, eh?
There are currently 44 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus in Uganda. All but 5 are from people held in institutional quarantine. Our government is aggressively and proactively protecting our people through travel restrictions and wide-ranging, community-based hygiene programs. Limited food aid has been promised by government, but is taking time to get organized in a way that does not encourage crowding and possible viral spread.
And we at The Real Uganda are fully behind all its efforts.
The Real Uganda has postponed all volunteer programs until at least June 15th, 2020. We shall evaluate the global situation again at that time. Any volunteer who has paid a deposit, will not lose their placement. We still want you, its just that even if you, as a well-meaning volunteer, come from a country of low risk for COVID19, we cannot risk the tiny chance you could carry the virus here – and pass it to the vulnerable people with which we work.
We want to do our part to keep CoronaVirus from spreading in Uganda for as long as possible.
The Real Uganda offers 2 – 12 week locally-led communty-based volunteer programs.
There wouldn’t be much work for you to do anyway.
As of March 20, 2020 our President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, has closed all schools and religious services, and banned public and cultural gatherings for at least 30 days. Mass weddings and funerals have also been disallowed.
As of March 22, 2020 Uganda’s airport and all land borders are closed to passenger travel for 30 days.
As of March 25, 2020 all public transportation, including buses, taxis, trains, and boda bodas are stopped for 14 days. Further, only food items are to be sold in the markets. This is meant to aid in social distancing, which our president has re-named “anti-social distancing”.
As of March 30, 2020 all private passenger travel is banned. Only government, army, police and other essential personnel are allowed to use private vehicles. Regular Ugandans can walk or cycle to the market and or pharmacies. Permission to use private vehicles for emergencies (child birth, medical emergencies) must be individually sought through District governments. This is meant to stop people from illegally offering their private vehicles as public transport and to stop all upcountry travel (and possible viral spread). This is in effect for 14 days.
As of April 1, 2020 all shops except those selling food and medicine are closed. Factories remain open if employers provide camp-style accommodation for their employees. Market vendors can continue if they agree to sleep at work. There is to be no movement or mixing of people. This is in effect for 14 days.
As you can imagine, Ugandans will be hunkering down for the time being.
This list is being updated weekly – This post is up to date as of April 1, 2020.
For timely updates on what’s happening in Uganda regarding the pandemic, please follow our Ministry of Health on twitter: @MinofHealthUG.
No time to volunteer? The Real Uganda leads 7 day Culture-Adventure Tours.
We do understand that all of you in self and enforced isolation out there are spending a TONNE of time online these days. And it’s likely that future travel is on your mind.
We’re happy to help you plan your volunteering program in Uganda while we wait out the pandemic. All our partners are eagerly awaiting the return of international volunteers – hopefully come July.
Uganda is an amazing place to spend some time. Why not fill in the box below and we’ll send you some information about our volunteer programs in Uganda – to get you in the mood… We can’t wait to meet you.
Now go and wash your hands (and stop touching your face)!