Oct 5th 2018
The United Kingdom has announced a 5.1-million-pound fund to Uganda to support the fight against Ebola.
Speaking while visiting the Uganda Virus Research Institute, UK Minister for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hon Harriett Baldwin said the financial support would be used for Uganda’s preparedness against Ebola and prevent the spreading of the disease from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
She said the funding will also support surveillance in high-risk districts at the border with DRC; risk reduction communication amongst communities; infection prevention and control measures as well as provide for improved case management.
Uganda is one of the countries neighbouring DRC where there is an Ebola outbreak.
Hon Baldwin was impressed with the research and activities going on at the Uganda Virus Research Institute and hailed the institute for its great contribution to tackling some of the world’s infectious diseases and health challenges.
She visited the Special Pathogens laboratory and some other activities at UVRI funded by UK.
UK government funds activities of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as well as Medical Research Council (MRC) at the Uganda Virus Research Institute.