The UK announced a commitment of £500,000 (over $708,000) to UNICEF Uganda’s COVID-19 appeal, which will provide vital support that will benefit over 1.8 million people across Uganda.
The funding will support an increase in oxygen production and delivery and improve the availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at select health facilities, to keep health care workers safe.
Immediate benefits include:
- purchase of one hundred 7,500-litre oxygen cylinders for Mulago National Referral Hospital; Namboole COVID-19 Treatment Centre; Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, Mbale Regional Referral Hospital and Moroto Regional Referral Hospital
- provision of operational support to 4 oxygen plants for 3 months
UK support will also enable the procurement and installation of a new oxygen plant, in Kayunga Referral Hospital, boosting Uganda’s oxygen production capabilities. In addition, funding will provide PPE to Arua Regional Referral Hospital, Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, Moroto Regional Referral Hospital, and support the training of health care workers in PPE and oxygen use.
British High Commissioner, H.E. Kate Airey OBE, said:
UNICEF Representative in Uganda Dr. M. Munir A. Safieldin said:
This support is just one way the UK is helping countries respond to COVID-19. In Uganda, the UK has also:
- donated test kits and supplied PPE
- upgraded water, sanitation and hygiene facilities at health centres
- provided training and helped deliver messaging on COVID-19 prevention
- helped children continue learning through the provision of distance learning lessons
- provided media training to help counter misinformation and ensure accurate COVID-19 reporting
- funded two COVID-19 Isolation rooms at home for children suffering from cancer in Kampala
The UK was also one of the first countries to back COVAX and to date has committed £548 million to ensure global access to vaccines. It has consistently called on other donors to step up their support. Through the COVAX equitable access facility Uganda has received over 1 million Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
Source: British High Commission Kampala