COVID is hitting our partners in Uganda hard.
ATLAS International's partners are working hard to combat COVID-19 - but they need our help.
ATLAS International is committed to supporting our partners in eastern Uganda. We are a non-profit organization, and we don't reinvent the wheel: we put our energy and funds into supporting community programs and health care systems led by Ugandans. We have been working with our partners in eastern Uganda since 2007, and we are proud to support the education and training of health care workers.
Right now, our partners need our help: the predicted impact on COVID-19 in Uganda is devastating. While Uganda has a strong public health system, the economic realities mean that hospitals are often underfunded and overcrowded. There is a critical shortage of staff, oxygen, ICU beds, and ventilators to care for COVID-19 patients. Uganda has been under a strict lock-down since late March in an effort to contain the virus, which has had economic impacts on our partners in an already challenged financial situation.
COVID-9 has impacted ATLAS and our partners in multiple ways. Our volunteers who would typically donate directly to our partners while working on site are unable to participate in their planned electives, which means that our partners can't rely on this usual source of income. Because many volunteers have had to cancel their planned trips to Uganda, we are also unable to send them supplies and donation. Our partners are directly impacted by the strict lockdown that has been in place since late March, which results in economic hardship. Like all of us, they are feeling the economic effects of COVID-19, but in an already overburdened system, the stakes are high.
Please consider making a donation to support our partners in Uganda as they battle with this unprecedented challenge.
Up to $1,000 will be matched by GoFundMe if we can raise at least $1,000 by May 1, 2020.
100% of donations will go to supporting our partners' work.
Here is how donations will be spent:
- To help Pathways Development Initiative in eastern Uganda support their rural community by providing education, meals, and women's economic support groups;
- To support a new PhD training program co-sponsored by ATLAS at Mbale Clinical Research Institute, which funds training positions for future scientists and clinicians;
- To provide material support to Casa Uganda Foundation in their efforts to provide menstrual hygiene products and education to adolescents in Mbale district;
- To support the staff of Joy Hospice in Mbale and surrounding rural districts with materials and salaries.
Please consider donating to support our friends and colleagues in eastern Uganda. We are all in this together, and they need our support now more than ever.
Photo and video captions:
Video: Senior medical students at Busitema University giving a thank you performance to Atlas volunteers who taught a course in adolescent health.
1. An Atlas volunteer teaches neonatal resuscitation to pediatric residents at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital.
2. Atlas colleague and partner Dr. Peter Olupot-Olupot describes research and capacity building at Mbale Clinical Referral Hospital and the Mbale Clinical Research Institute; Atlas provides ongoing support to both organizations.
3. Pediatric residents at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital practice simulation with Atlas volunteers.
4. Pre-primary students work at a school built and staffed by Pathways Development Initiative (PDI), a Ugandan-run NGO and Atlas partner.
5. The school and water supply built by Pathways Development Initiative in rural Uganda; the school, water system, latrines, and kitchen were supported by an Atlas fundraiser in memory of volunteer Riley Hoff-Laroca.
6. Senior medical students at Busitema University pose for a photo after completing a course in adolescent health and medicine with Atlas volunteers.