“Rising commodity prices and the overall increase in cost of living pose new risks to livelihoods that had just begun recovering from the effects of COVID-19. These and other shocks are threatening to stall socio-economic transformation, thus increasing the likelihood of the people falling deeper into poverty,” said Mukami Kariuki, World Bank Country Manager for Uganda, at the launch of the latest World Bank economic update on the country.
Blanket enforcement of lockdown measures may help to slow down the spread of a virus but it is now known that it can also quickly generate a larger and more protracted public health crisis in the form of deprivation and hunger.
The human cost of blanket lockdowns
There is no agreed explanation about why the health impacts of COVID-19 were lower in some African countries, including Uganda, when compared against global rates. Still, the economic consequences, particularly of the lockdowns, were severe.
A Working Paper entitled ‘Estimating income losses and consequences of the COVID-19 crisis in Uganda’ by the International Growth Centre (IGC) says, despite the country having relatively few cases, the pandemic’s indirect effects arising from an economic contraction and global recession, as well as the direct effects through ill health and death, are likely to have a devastating impact on poverty levels and people’s livelihoods.Read the whole story here, including the suggestion of smart containment instead of blanket lockdowns in order to stem the spread of the virus without creating new economic crises.
Another lockdown means people in Uganda are going hungry – hungrier, because they were already hungry: A survey taken in 2018, before the Covid lockdown, revealed that 70% of Ugandan households were hungry without food. And now even those who did have an income, can no longer go to work. No wages and no compensation for their loss.
This is what LUV4ALL: Uganda is up against. We are trying, not only to feed the hungry, but also to teach them a healthy way to eat. If we can’t get people – not just our own community, but the whole world – to understand that animal agriculture must be abolished, then these crises will never end. And they will get worse. Year after year, we have to face new emerging infectious diseases, because of the disease-generating practice of breeding, confining and butchering animal slaves.
Scientists believe that Ebola virus is animal-borne and first spreads to people through direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of animals.
It’s preventable. It’s all preventable. LEAVE THE ANIMALS ALONE!
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