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Africans retreat into homes on coronavirus, but scared about food

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By Staff Writer

More than two-thirds of over 4,500 Africans reached by GeoPoll across 12 nations have reported they are self-quarantining to prevent the risks and spread of coronavirus.

Yet, as Africans retreat into their homes, they are worried about food and their economies to almost as great a degree as they are worried about the global pandemic.

In a survey administered remotely through GeoPoll’s mobile-based research platform, it was found that 80 per cent of respondents were frightened about coronavirus spreading in their countries, but 71 per cent said they were also ‘very concerned’ about its economic impact.

The degree of health fears in each nation appeared related to the level of quarantine now in place. For while 63 per cent of Africans believe they are at risk of contracting the virus, Rwandans judge themselves to be at the lowest risk, at 37 per cent, in a situation where 90 per cent have self-quarantined.

Conversely, in countries such as Mozambique and Zambia, which report lower rates of self-quarantining, citizens feel far more vulnerable, with over 80 per cent in each of these countries believing they and their families are at risk.

Such fears across nations with limited ICU capacity and often scant supplies of oxygen has wrought other changes of behavior, with 54 per cent of respondents increasing hygiene and hand washing, and 50 per cent avoiding public places.

There are also rising concerns over food supplies. Most of the Africans polled reported that they were shopping for food less often, while just 20 per cent reported that all food markets around them are currently operational. Additionally, more than 85 per cent of respondents in the DRC, Rwanda and Kenya have worried in the last seven days that they would not have enough to eat.

“A health crisis such as coronavirus hitting vulnerable populations can have devastating effects on development, food supplies and resources. Reliable data is needed to accurately track on-the-ground situations, and using our remote mobile methodologies GeoPoll was able to gather valuable information quickly and safely,” said Nicholas Becker, GeoPoll CEO.

“Some governments in Africa have been proactive about lockdowns in order to prevent the virus from quickly spreading through densely populated areas, but coronavirus is already present in many African nations, and this study shows there is a fear that the worst is yet to come.”

There is a growing concern that many nations in Africa are poorly prepared for a pandemic as easily transmissible as COVID-19. This has triggered widely different approaches and very different levels of public support. In Rwanda, 81 per cent of respondents believe their government has done enough to stop the spread of the virus, as do 60 per cent in Uganda, but in Zambia, Nigeria and Kenya, less than a third are confident enough has been done.

To download GeoPoll’s full report and view an interactive dashboard of results, please visit this page: GeoPoll Report: The Impact of COVID-19 Across Africa.

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About GeoPoll

GeoPoll is a leader in providing fast, high quality research from areas that are difficult to access using traditional methods. Using mobile-based, remote methodologies including SMS, voice calls, and online modes, GeoPoll facilitates projects that aid in disaster response, assess food security, demonstrate demand for new projects, and more around the world.

GeoPoll combines a robust mobile surveying platform that has the ability to conduct research via multiple modes with a database of over 250 million respondents in emerging markets around the globe. Strengths lie in GeoPoll’s ability to target extremely specific populations, deploy surveys in multiple countries, and provide expert guidance on how to collect accurate, reliable data through the mobile phone. For more information visit www.GeoPoll.com.

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Jibu Uganda donates 10,000 litres of drinking water to COVID-19 National Taskforce

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Jibu Uganda has made a donation of 10,000 litres of drinking water to the COVID-19 National Taskforce. The donation comes in the form of 2,000 bottles of 5L packaged drinking water.

According to Daniel Komunda, the Country Director of Jibu Uganda, the donation will go a long way in providing safe drinking water for vulnerable communities and the front line health workers.

“We are proud to support our government in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, and are humbled to provide safe drinking water for distribution to vulnerable communities and essential workers who are at highest risk during this crisis.” Daniel Komunda said.

Jibu Uganda manages a network of 30 locally-owned drinking water franchises in Kampala, and in 11 other major towns across the regions of Uganda.

Komunda also noted that all Jibu shops across the country have increased their delivery capabilities during the lockdown, and have been offering free delivery and other support services to help customers remain safe at home.

Established in 2014, Jibu Uganda is a social enterprise that capitalizes, equips and trains local entrepreneurs to operate successful franchises designed to serve local communities with radically affordable, high-quality necessities.

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Airtel Uganda contributes Ugx 1.25 Billion towards fight against COVID-19

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Airtel Uganda has announced a contribution of 1.25 Billion Uganda shillings to the Ministry of Health in Uganda, primarily to support health workers on the frontline in the battle against COVID-19.

By Our Reporter

As the number of cases positive with Coronavirus (COVID-19) increase daily, health workers continue to fight the outbreak on the front lines and this puts them at risk of contracting the virus due to their close proximity to the most severe cases. Without an influx of urgently needed protective equipment, more healthcare workers may fall ill, reducing the availability of care for patients.

It is from this background that Airtel Uganda is contributing Ugx 1.25 Billion to the Ministry of Health in Uganda, primarily to support health workers on the front line in the battle against COVID-19.

Commenting about the significant contribution, Mr. V.G. Somasekhar, the Airtel Uganda Managing Director said; “Today, we announce our additional support for Uganda’s COVID-19 response through a contribution of 1.25 billion Uganda shillings, primarily focused on supporting our frontline health workers. Now more than ever, we all need to apply our capabilities to the needs of nurses, doctors, midwives and community health workers. At this moment of crisis, no country can cope with what they need alone. The private sector needs to mobilize resources, alongside National Governments, to fight the raging pandemic.”

Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Health, the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng noted that, “this is an important partnership with Airtel in Uganda and demonstrates a real commitment to support our health workers who are battling day after day to defeat this pandemic. As individuals, members of the public should strictly follow the key hygiene measures and social distancing, to help flatten the curve of the epidemic, avoid overwhelming hospitals, and preserve access to healthcare.”

Airtel has already taken several steps to help mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak such as zero-rating the website for Ministry of Health, World Health Organization and many other websites where the public can access information from relevant authorities on the pandemic as well as education websites to enable students get free access to education materials while at home.

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Cashchart gives relief to it’s royal customers

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Through it’s Ugandan ambassador Annatalia Ozzy, cash chart, a financial technology and social app has provided relief(money) to it’s customers by not only giving posho to the ministry of health as sighted the previous week but also sending direct cash using Annatalia’s Social Media platforms. If you are asking yourself what cashchart is, it’s an app that is used for extensive services such as advertising , buying airtime ,paying bills and others transactions and it’s aimed at making social media more useful.

“Due to the corona pandemic and the increasing cases of gender based violence that was addressed by our ambassador Annatalia who advocates for gender equality. We thought about our royal customers and the victims(gender balanced violence) we opted to use Annatalia’s Social Media platforms because of her good reputation and her massive following to reach out our customers by sending them direct money on their phones” Mr.asha Namanya the CEO of cash chart said.

He applauded annatalia for being a creative hardworking and passionate ambassador despite the pandemic . He still asked Ugandans to follow the directives issued by the President and the ministry of health as a way of keeping their lives safe and he promised that cashchart will be doing more for it’s customers.

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“I Almost Killed Lucifer”—Prophet Mbonye

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Prophet Elvis Mbonye has been missing of late. But now, he is back in full swing and we have an idea what had gotten him missing.

In an upcoming interview with Solomon Sserwanjja, Prophet Mbonye reveals that he has been locked in a fight with the day.

“I faced Lucifer in multiple fights, now he is very scared,” he narrates.

According to Mbonye, Lucifer had to run for his dear life for he had never met such a formidable man of God.

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