Emergency Response

THE COVID-19 CRISIS

As the COVID 19 pandemic furies around the world, Gender-based violence drives high and women and girls are more vulnerable to abuse than ever. This has had serious consequences for women’s health since the pandemic has disrupted access to sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence services at a time when women and girls need these services most”.
ABOUT COVID-19 IN UGANDA

The president of Uganda regulated the movement of persons and vested the powers of authorization to the Resident City Commissioners (RCC) Resident District Commander (RDCs) and sub-county chiefs for all those seeking medical care including expectant mothers whose condition often require emergency health care.

As the country has closed schools and set travel restrictions in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, women are facing the burden of balancing childcare and having to sleep at workplaces as per the presidential directive, let alone full-filling other marital obligations as married women.  Few men will let their wives sleep out of their home, an act that has triggered gender-based violence and those who have persisted to go back home have been caught up by the curfew hours and ended up being flogged by security personals.

IMPACT OF COVID-19 TO COMMUNITIES

Health care systems have been forced to channel all of their resources to combat the epidemic since it is perceived to be more pressing, despite the persistent need for adequate family planning, menstrual health resources, maternal care, and protection of women from violence.

Movement restriction and lockdown while helpful in stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus has left women in abusive relationships trapped at home during the lockdown with the abuser, women usually use the gap of free movement time they need to escape the house, but the possibility of being locked up with the abuser for hours is something that should worry us all.

REFUGEE RESPONSE

As we all notice conflict happens without warning and countless children, women, and men of all ages find themselves forcibly displaced by conflict, consequently becoming refugees and/or IDPs. Women and children are the most vulnerable, often facing rights abuses, neglect, hunger, etc.

UNHCR and partners, nearly all response efforts rally immediately to cater to the overall safety, food, shelter, and health needs. However, war and conflict also trigger some disorders and family support networks for children and women. If left untreated, they hinder all other physical help. APPCO targets improving the education and health needs of children by creating a safe and protective school learning environment, building the capacity of social structures that have the potential to support children enroll and remain in schools. We are aware of the cognitive needs of children, APPCO conducts psychosocial.