Uganda Covid-19 approach on refugees, is it crisis within crisis?

Editor’s Note: Original post published by Observer on May 6, 2020

An unprecedented trans-border global pandemic has brought into sharp focus the intersection of Uganda’s immigration, public health and welfare policy as well as the unique challenges that immigrants must deal with today.

Uganda, the third largest refugee hosting country in the world, and the largest in Africa has not been spared. As of February 29, Uganda hosted 1.4 million refugees in the 13 districts of Adjumani, Arua, Moyo, Yumbe, Lamwo and Kiryandongo. Others are Kyegegwa, Kamwenge, Isingiro, Obongi, Koboko and Kikuube.

With such refugee population, the country should brace itself for a comprehensive approach to prevent and contain the impact of Covid-19 on this vulnerable population by adopting stringent measures both within the country and across the borders to ensure their right to health.

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