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The European Union has committed a grant amount of EUR 30 million (around 120 billion Shillings to Uganda’s National Treasury, to help Uganda address both the health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and its longer-term socio-economic impacts.
A statement released this evening indicates that the European Union (EU) Delegation to Uganda is refocusing its existing cooperation and mobilizing additional funding for the country, with a joint priority to save lives, heal the sick, protect the vulnerable, and strengthen research, support health systems and economies.
This sum will be made available by urgently speeding up budget support disbursements due later this year. Part of this amount will be directed to support the short-term response of the Ministry of Health to the pandemic, according to the statement.
“The European Union stands by Uganda in the fight against COVID-19. The coronavirus pandemic requires united, global action in response. This is a global fight that we will either win or lose together,” said EU Head of Delegation to Uganda, H.E Ambassador Attilio Pacifici says.
He added that the re-focusing of EU support to Uganda is part of a global exercise that the EU is undertaking to help address this crisis in Africa and beyond.
In addition to the support the EU Delegation will reorient some of the existing programmes by civil society organizations, and launch new calls for proposals amounting EUR 2 million (around 8 billion Shillings) for example to raise awareness on hygiene and to curb domestic violence.
The Bloc is also considering additional grants and guarantees to contribute, facilitate and broaden European and Ugandan private sector access to finance, considering that the private sector, the biggest job provider in Uganda, is being hit very hard by the Covid-19.