SAVING THE LIVES OF THE INDIGENOUS BATWA/PGYMY
The project is located in South-western Uganda Africa and is targeting to save the lives of the Indigenous Pgymy/Batwa
COVID-19 has presented a new threat to the health and survival of indigenous peoples. Indigenous peoples in nearly all our local communities fall into the most “vulnerable” health category. They have significantly higher rates of communicable and non-communicable diseases than their non-indigenous counterparts, high mortality rates and lower life expectancies. Contributing factors that increase the potential for high mortality rates caused by COVID-19 in indigenous communities include mal – and under-nutrition, poor access to sanitation, lack of clean water, and inadequate medical services. Additionally, indigenous peoples often experience widespread stigma and discrimination in healthcare settings such as stereotyping and a lack of quality in the care provided, thus compromising standards of care and discouraging them from accessing health care, if and when available.
Batwa development Organisation (BDO) is a non-profit organisation that was founded in 2013.The uniqueness about this organisation is that it was founded and is headed by the an Indigenous young man who got the chance to attain education . My names are Semajeri Gad and am an indigenous young man and I know the problems being faced by my brothers and sisters .
Our organization has mainly focused on prevention. COVID-19 related guidelines were issued in indigenous languages by Our Organisation. In Australia, the Government established a National Indigenous Taskforce to develop an emergency response plan for Aboriginal communities to combat the potential spread of COVID-19.
Our organizations has also been quick to respond, including by providing key messages through written, social media and radio broadcasts in indigenous languages. Our team has translated different prevention messages to deal with COVID-19 in several indigenous languages, with more to be issued.
We are also providing urgent critical needs to the Indigenous batwa communities here in Uganda. The needs we have been able to provide include food, soap and other hygienic needs .
Our goal is to prevent the spread of Covid-19 pandemic to the indigenous communities who are marginalised .We have also constructed hand-washing facilities in the indigenous communities to enable them wash hands .The end goal is prevention of spread of covid-19 pandemic and saving their lives so that they can die of hunger during this difficult times of Covid-19 pandemic.Many indigenous peoples are now also working in the informal economy and have come to rely primarily on income from markets, handicrafts, seasonal work and tourism, which have also been impacted by COVID-19. Currently my fellow indigenous Batwa are facing the prospect of living without an income since their traditional means of work (which require travel) is no longer viable.
What we need help with
The organisation needs urgent financial assistance to enable us do our work .Currently, the organisation has run out of funds and the number of Pgymies or indigenous who need support is increasing . So far, some indigneous people have been tested and confirmed to be having covid-19 pandemic .We need more funds to enable us continue our sensitisation campaigns.Other funds are to be used for the provision of urgent cirtical needs like food and hygiene facilities especially ahnd washing soap and contructing of hand -washing facilities at house hold level.
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