The findings of the survey released by the Twaweza in the presence of the Health Ministry officials indicate that eight out of ten citizens (79 per cent) say teen pregnancy has become a bigger problem during the Coronavirus pandemic and half say physical (51 per cent), emotional (51 per cent) and sexual (46 per cent) violence has got worse.
Marie Nanyanzi from Sauti za Wananchi, the program officer at Twaweza Uganda, says that it is not surprising that many citizens say that the situation worsened during the pandemic. Nanyanzi says that economic consequences had a knock on effects on family relations as many failed to value each other in the absence of financial power.
The appeal is based on the finding that two out of 10 pupils in schools across Uganda cannot do basic primary two class work by the time they reach primary seven. Similarly, only two out of 10 pupils can read and comprehend a primary two English story by the time they complete the primary cycle of education.
This unfortunate situation in the sector is blamed on corruption as most of the investments made in the sector leak through corrupt tendencies. The baseline on integrity in the water sector indicates that on average about 10% of funds allocated to the sector are estimated to leak through corrupt tendencies. Empirical evidence has shown that accountability and transparency in rural water service delivery is weak hence influencing the willingness of water users to pay for services