In September, the Ugandan Ministry of Health confirmed an outbreak of Ebola in Mubende district. The disease has now spread to eight other districts, as well as the capital city; 136 people have been formally diagnosed and 53 people have died. Projections by the Ugandan Ministry of Health show the outbreak is set to become the deadliest on record for Uganda. Please join us in prayer.
The new outbreak is caused by the ‘Sudan’ strain of the disease – for which there is currently no vaccine for.
The government is desperately trying to contain the disease as much as possible. It has placed two districts – Mubende and Kassanda – into lockdown to try to contain the spread. This includes overnight curfews, closing places of worship and entertainment, and restricting movements in and out of the districts.
The school year has also been cut short by two weeks by the government after an Ebola outbreak in five schools in the Kampala, Wakiso and Mubende districts. The outbreak affected 23 students, including eight children who lost their lives to the disease.
Schools in Uganda were closed for two years during the Covid-19 pandemic, only opening again earlier this year. While schools are looking to reopen in the new year, this will be determined by whether the outbreak will have been contained by then.