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COVID-19 and Domestic Violence in Uganda

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Dr. Julius Omona, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

On 30th January 2020, the World Health Organisation declared the Corona Virus a Public Emergency of International concern. Uganda’s President reacted fast by declaring a two weeks national lockdown on 30th March with several measures that restricted movements and promoted social distancing. Uganda confirmed its first case of the virus on March 22, and since then, 89 people have been infected, fifty-two of these recovered and the rest active but no deaths. On 14th April, a three weeks lockdown was again imposed, followed by the most recent- an extension on 5th May for another two weeks. However, the lockdown and the ensuing restrictions have had unprecedented impact on the livelihoods of Ugandans. This is a case of domestic violence in Uganda as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here

Originally published in the ISTR African Network Newsletter 

Tags:  Africa  covid-19  Domestic Violence  Member  Uganda 

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