Uganda adopted its own model taking into consideration its culture, values, environment, socio-economic activities, beliefs, previous successful epidemic experience, and appears a hybrid policy to the Norwegian model. This model of response is perhaps based on Uganda’s long experience in successful control of many previous epidemics which afflicted it and the neighboring countries, e.g, HIV and AIDs in the 1980s, Measles in the 1990s, Hepatitis B in the 2000s, Ebola in 2000, 2017 and 2018 and Marburg in 2018.
This article describes Uganda’s national COVID-19 pandemic response, which adapted public health guidance to local context. It discusses the country’s model of centralised leadership and coordination, multiple channels of communication, community engagement, and integration at the district level.