Ebola outbreak: LWF receives $341,697 to increase awareness and adherence


LWF Uganda country program has received $341,697 in donations from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to enhance government efforts to prevent the further Ebola virus spread.

The donation will facilitate timely risk communication, social mobilisation and intensified community engagement in the central districts of Mukono, Wakiso, Kampala, Mpigi, Mityana and Kyenjojo in Western Uganda.

."A big thank you to UNICEF for responding promptly whenever there is need, including epidemics," Mr Paul Orikushaba, the LWF country program coordinator, expressed his gratitude. 

"This latest donation will help to complement government interventions against the epidemics and strengthen our existing risk communication efforts in communities," Mr Orikushaba added.

In collaboration with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and other local government authorities, LWF will train volunteers and conduct household sensitisation on Ebola and other risk communication activities. 

The project seeks to increase awareness and adherence and establish mechanisms for giving and receiving feedback from affected populations in all six districts sharing borders with the Mubende, where the first Ebola patient was confirmed.

The Ministry of Health in Uganda declared an outbreak of Ebola on September 20th, 2022, after a confirmed case at Mubende Regional Hospital located in the central region.

The ministry has also confirmed 60 other sporadic cases in the neighbouring districts, all 100 km away from Kampala Capital City. Twenty-four deaths have been confirmed, while the same number of people have recovered.