New Covid Wave | Urgent Call For Help | Emergency Medical Supplies For Hospitals in Uganda

Posted June 12, 2021 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Health Watch ~ 2,153 views



Ottawa, Canada, June 16th, 2021. Uganda’s national and regional hospitals are overwhelmed due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus. The lack of oxygen and breathing equipment is the most urgent need to be addressed to save lives. ICU capacity, rapid testing kits, PPEs for staff and many other needs are growing daily. Various COVID strains, including the ones from the UK, India and South Africa are now in Uganda, and the disease is spreading fast. Vaccines have ran out.

In just a few days, eight medical doctors have died of COVID and three Heads of Department of Uganda’s leading university succumbed to the disease. Engineers, lawyers, business leaders and many others have died. Imagine the impact on the future of Uganda! In one district, 36% of students tested positive. In Kampala, the national capital, everybody knows someone who has died or got infected. Misinformation about the disease and vaccines is widespread. Daunting public education is underway.

The Uganda COVID-19 Support Network, which is a group of concerned Ugandans and Friends of Uganda with humanitarian mandate are mobilizing help to address the crisis. These include Maama Watali, the Transformation Institute For Leadership & Innovation, and the Uganda Diaspora Network. They are working with the Ugandan Embassy in Washington DC, USA; the Uganda High Commission in Ottawa, Canada; the Uganda Ministry of Health; the Uganda Medical Association, and others.

Rotary clubs, businesses, private foundations, faith groups, other organisations, individuals, governments and their agencies, among others, are encouraged to give generously to address the
unfolding crisis. The current goal is to raise about $200,000 in order to purchase hundreds of Oxygen Concentrators, with contributions primarily from Canada and the United States. Donation of PPEs for health workers, vaccines, testing kits and treatment solutions are also welcome.

The Uganda COVID-19 Support Network is encouraging the government of Canada and the government of the United States of America, among others, to help with expediting the provision of vaccines, starting with essential workers and vulnerable groups. As members of the G7, Canada and the USA are urged to help save Ugandan lives with expeditious bilateral response and support through the World Health Organzation’s COVAX system.

Donations through the support network should be made payable to Maama Watali, which works with the Social Planning Council of Ottawa, a Canadian charity that has provided services for over 90 years. Where applicable, tax receipts will be issued. Please contribute and help save lives in Uganda. Together we can contain the spread of the disease. Shipment of Life-Saving COVID-19 emergency supplies to alleviate the unfolding tragedy in Uganda will be made within the next week. Be a part of the solution.

For more information, please contact:

Susan Namulindwa
Executive Director
Maama Watali

Moses A. Mawa
Founder & President
Transformation Institute
For Leadership & Innovation

A GoFundMe Initiative is underway. Please help fundraise for the Covid emergency relief fund. View and join the fundraiser here:

About Maama Wataali – Maama Watali meaning “in the absence of a Mother” is an Ottawa-based, Black-led nonprofit organization with an international reach. Though Maama Watali was officially incorporated in 2012, though it had been operating for many years prior in support of Black Women and their families. –

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