The Aga Khan Foundation in partnership with the European Union Delegation on Friday 3rd September launched the Aga Khan Development Network East Africa CoVID-19 Response Project, aimed at providing solutions to health, economic and social vulnerabilities in East Africa.
Speaking during the launch at Serena Hotel Kampala, Aga Khan foundation’s programme manager, Ms. Olgah Daphynne Namukuza revealed that the project has been financed with 9.3 million euros; 6.2 million from the European Delegation.
The European Union Delegation representative, Elizabeth Ongom noted that this project will include gender-sensitive responses to overcome health, economic and social vulnerabilities caused by the covid-19 pandemic in East Africa. She explained,
“The project will work along 3 pillars: community resilience, health system strengthening, and youth health and livelihood in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Mozambique.”
Adding, “The Aga Khan Foundation services will leverage their network of clinicians and facilities to support health systems to respond effectively through providing personal protective equipment, testing kits, and other medical equipment’s, training health workers and covid-19 response and management, and addressing emerging mental health needs among youth and health workers.”
Mr. Mondo Kyateka, Assistant Commissioner of Youth and Children in the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development said that the project will benefit the young people in Uganda since the rate of production of human beings is high compared to the level of looking after them.
“I trust in the tenacity and resilience of the AghaKan Foundation. I know you’ll do great works to help us reach more young people in the country.
He further said that the Gender ministry revised the Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC) Policy 2004 to the National Child Policy because all children are vulnerable.
“We changed it because we realized that every child is vulnerable; it’s only the levels of vulnerability that differ from one child to another,” he said.
Mr. Henry Semakula, education officer at the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) applauded the Foundation for their initiative, noting that this will benefit vulnerable populations, including people with special needs. He also said that the MoES is concerned about children with special needs.
“People with special needs have been more challenged with the pandemic. There’s a complete department at the my ministry of education that was created to basically handle issues of people with special needs,” he said.