The Norwegian government has donated 8 billion Shillings to support Uganda’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, through the UN-Uganda Multi-Partner Trust Fund.
The donation is in response to an appeal launched by the UN in Uganda to support millions of Ugandans whose livelihood was disrupted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the appeal, both the effects of the disease and the measures to curb its spread are likely to affect the lives of 42 million Ugandans, 35 per cent of whom live below the poverty line.
It is also stated that the different measure, put in place by the government to keep people safe from the virus’ spread have disrupted the livelihoods of the millions of farmers whose produce fuels the country’s economy and the urban merchants who sell goods on the local market.
Up to USD 316 million is required to meet the needs of the people affected by the measures.