Uganda Marathon Emergency support: Save Medics, Feed Masaka
Uganda is currently in lockdown to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
There are only 55 intensive care beds in the entire country.
Should the virus spread, the healthcare system will quickly become overwhelmed.
To contain the spread, the Ugandan government has passed extremely strict laws on social distancing, curfews, the movement of people, and the closure of almost all businesses. Almost all vehicles are banned from the roads. Exercising in public is forbidden.
These measures are necessary to prevent mass deaths. However, the Ugandan economy largely cash-based. The government welfare safety net is largely non-existent.
Many Ugandans are now facing a long period of no income. If you can't go to work, in short order you can't afford to feed your family.
The Uganda Marathon event has been postponed to May 2021, and our usual charitable activities suspended.
We are solely focusing our activities on supporting the local community in Masaka, where we operate, in tackling the Coronavirus outbreak.
In partnership with the EcoBrix and other key supporters, we are funding two key initiatives to save lives.
Funding Masaka Hospital
With a catchment area of over 1.5 million people, and just 330 beds, the main hospital in the region is vulnerable.
You will be funding:
- Lifesaving PPE (gloves, masks, gowns) for doctors, nurses and healthcare staff, who are desperately under equipped
- Handwashing stations across the Hospital grounds and buildings for better prevention
- Isolation areas for patients with suspected Covid-19, so they don’t mix with general population
- Food programme for Hospital workers so that they can eat when shops and markets are closed
The cure must not be worse than the disease. With all schools - and school food programmes - closed, families now have many more mouths to feed at home. Things are already tight, and it will get much worse.
With closure of almost every business and market, families are unable to generate income. With no government safety net, many face starvation.
You will be funding a programme of seed distribution and home garden planting, so that families can plant quick-growing crops in time to harvest before their money and food stores runs out.
Job support fund
Many of the projects runners have spent time with are facing extreme financial difficulty. It is unclear how they will pay their staff. You will also be funding emergency grants to support Ugandan charity workers - allowing them to continue to support their communities without worrying about how they will provide for their families