The attack by coronavirus, now famously known as COVID19, declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a global pandemic, has left many Ugandans without basic needs like food and medical care.
Government has intervened and provided food rations to the most affected residents in Kampala Metropolitan Area and surrounding areas. But due to constrained financial resources, the government called on the support of private companies and individuals.
Many private companies and individuals have given to supplement to what government is doing, the latest being insurance services provider Prudential Uganda who on Monday revealed it had Shs300m towards food relief in the country.
The donation, according to a statement from the insurance firm, will feed the most vulnerable and poor who have been greatly affected by the lockdown, many of whom live on less than a dollar a day and therefore do not have any savings to help them go through this period.
This, Prudential said, will be distributed via two organisations: Humanitarian Operations Projects and Emergencies (HOPE) and Heal the Planet Global Organisation (HTP).
“Communities across the country have been greatly affected by lockdown measures designed to curb the spread of Covid-19. These measures, while implemented with positive intent, have adversely affected the most vulnerable people in our communities, who survive by being able to access the urban centres every day for their livelihood,” said Arjun Mallik, MD, Prudential East Africa.
“Disruption of this routine means some people are going hungry in their home. In order to supplement government efforts to provide food relief, and support those most in need, we are announcing this donation of Uganda Shillings 300 million” he added.
Alhaji Kaddunabi Lubega, the Chief Executive Officer, Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) who conveyed his gratitude to Prudential for standing by Ugandans in this hour of need said the outbreak of Covid-19 has highlighted the need to always be prepared for the unexpected challenges of life.
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