The disruption to daily life in Uganda because of Covid19 is significant, although as of 20 May, there had only been 246 confirmed cases and no deaths, which sounds very promising. But the country has been in strict lockdown with a complete ban on public transport for more than 7 weeks and for many people this is a dire situation. They rely on public transport and on what they can earn on a day to day basis, just to provide food for their family.
And it is even worse for cancer patients undergoing treatment or needing palliative care; trying to get to hospital and to meet their treatment costs is impossible without help. Our partners, MMPCU and Uganda Cancer Society, are doing what they can to improve the situation for cancer patients by organising officially registered transport, supporting the needs of patient hostels to respond to Covid19, providing facilities for palliative care staff and patient support volunteers to respond to patient needs. All bringing hope to patients and families in desperate need.
We are working with our partners in Uganda to help them minimise the effect on cancer patients and their treatments. This needs money, of course. We have already provided grants to both partners from our existing reserves, but the need is great and we would like to do more. Can you help us? Anything you feel you could do, either by direct donation, by spreading the word or by setting up your own challenge, will be enormously helpful and much appreciated.
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