Heavy rains in western Uganda in April and early May led to floods that destroyed homes, and disrupted health care services and livelihoods. Over 240,000 people have been affected by the flooding. Damage to both shelter and health facilities is leading to increased risk of contracting COVID-19, as well as cholera, among other communicable diseases. The floods have had a major impact on basic services such as roads and bridges, hampering access to clinics, markets and schools.
Save the Children is working to improve access to water and hygiene facilities by building latrines, handwashing stations and water storage tanks. Water treatment kits are being distributed and specialized hygiene kits provided to expectant mothers. Save the Children is training communities in hygiene practices and disease prevention.
Save the Children is also providing materials for the repair and reconstruction of key infrastructure, training community leaders in disaster management, and providing five early warning systems to ensure community readiness.