December 6, 2021

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Ireland gives Uganda €2.4m funding

Minister for Overseas Development Aid & Diaspora, Colm Brophy T.D. visited a vaccine centre in Kampala

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Minister for Overseas Development Aid & Diaspora, Colm Brophy T.D. visited a vaccine centre in Kampala where vaccines donated from Ireland to Uganda were being administered.

While visiting the centre, Minister Brophy announced Irish Aid funding of €2.4m, through the World Health Organisation, to the continued COVID-19 response in Uganda. This funding will support the accelerated rollout of vaccines and COVID-19 preparedness.

Minister Brophy said: “It was a privilege to see vaccines donated from Ireland being used to protect people in Uganda. Over 90% of Irish people are now vaccinated against Covid-19, but only roughly 1% of Ugandans have been afforded that protection.

“The pandemic has undermined efforts to lift people out of poverty. Schools in Uganda remain closed and this is having a very negative impact on young people’s ability to learn, grow and develop. Ireland’s donation of over 335,000 COVID-19 vaccines, along with the significant funding to Uganda’s COVID-19 response I am announcing today, will help to build Uganda’s vaccination programme and keep people here safe from this virus.”

Minister Brophy is in Uganda as part of a week-long visit to the region. He participated in the African Union – European Union Ministerial Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, on Tuesday, before travelling to Karamoja, Uganda’s least developed region, to see the impact of Irish Aid programmes.

While in Uganda, Minister Brophy is also undertaking a series of political engagements with Uganda’s First Lady and Minister of Education, Janet Museveni; Minister of State for Health, Anifa Kawooya Bangirana; and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jeje Odongo.

Minister Brophy will also meet with civil society actors working on human rights issues, and with members of the Irish community in Uganda.

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