In times of crisis, it is often women and girls who are hit the hardest.
We are working to spread lifesaving messages about COVID-19 to rural communities. As funds are diverted towards the pandemic, it is also crucial that rural girls and women are not denied access to contraception. We are doing everything we can to ensure rural women get the services they need.
Can you help us tackle COVID-19 and support rural Kenyan and Ugandan communities?
We are working closely with our partners across Kenya and Uganda to spread lifesaving messages on how to stay safe. We are also doing everything we can to continue providing family planning.
But like in the UK, we need to keep our frontline Community Health Workers safe. They are critical links to communicate health messages to vulnerable, remote communities.
Can you help us buy protective equipment and communicate lifesaving health messages?
We urgently need gloves, hand sanitiser, soap, aprons, glasses and thermometers. These are still available locally, but we need to act fast before they sell out.
Why rural communities need our support.
We know from previous crisis situations that resources are often diverted from primary healthcare services to tackle the imminent emergency.
The communities we work with already have extremely limited access to primary healthcare and modern contraception due to the remote locations they live in. While these areas are less densely populated than cities, they are poorer and health systems are weak.
Self-isolation and social distancing will affect Kenyan and Ugandan communities in different ways from European countries. People in the communities we support rely on the informal economy for their livelihoods and simply cannot afford to stay at home. There is no safety net provided by the government. Households often have limited access to clean water for hand washing.