According to Opio, they have registered more than 100 cases of child abuse since this year began. Seventy of these are defile cases from Abongomola, Aduku, and Inomo sub-counties. He says that they are working closely with parents, local leaders, Police and different Civil Society Organisations to address the challenge.
According to statistics from January to December 2020 from the office of the District Community Development Officer, 2,908 girls below 17 years visited a hospital for antenatal care since the closure of schools in March.
Steven Kasaija, the SAGE coordinator at the Ministry of Gender noted that riding on lessons from districts in the Northern and Eastern part of the country which were covered first, the government was convinced to bring onboard the elderly in districts of the central and southern regions where the need is also high.
More than 10,000 elders have enrolled for SAGE in the four districts, totalling to 28,428 beneficiaries in Teso Sub Region. There are more than 1.6 million elders enrolled under SAGE across the country.
Through the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment, the government pays senior citizens above 65-years of age a monthly stipend of 25,000 Shillings. However, the elders in Katakwi say they have not received their stipend for five months, partly because of the COVID-19 lockdown.
It is estimated that there are over 1 million people with hearing impairments in Uganda. But less than 500,000 of them are able to receive services in hospitals, schools, police stations and local governments due to language barriers.