Twenty cases of the Ebola virus disease have been reported in Kibaale district, Uganda. No ChildFund sponsored children live within this district and ChildFund Uganda reports that sponsored children and families living elsewhere in Uganda are safe.
As a precaution, ChildFund staff are providing health advice to children and families, and have mounted a campaign to raise awareness around good hygiene practices. Ebola is spread by person-to-person contact so attention to hygiene and isolation of sick individuals can stop epidemics in their tracks. Ugandan authorities have set up an emergency task force and acted quickly to isolate people suspected to have had contact with Ebola victims. ChildFund will continue to monitor the situation and provide regular updates.