Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Uganda, like many countries around the world, has put in place a number of measures to respond to the prevention and control of the outbreak since it registered its first case on 21 March 2020. The response measures include awareness campaigns about the diseases as well as strict measures that have seen the country spend more than 60 days under total lockdown.
The outbreak further pushed the government to make emergency procurements in response to availing medical interventions to treat and prevent the disease a move that has seen the country spend billions of shillings in a short period.
The Covid-19 response monitoring checklist
Notwithstanding, Africa Freedom of information Centre is aware of the possible malpractices that come with such emergence procurements around pandemics like this. In response, as an organization that believes in transparency and accountability, it has developed a monitoring checklist that can be used to monitor all activities around the COVID-19 response.
The Checklist covers areas three significant areas of disclosure of information, preparedness to respond to the emergency, and transparency and accountability.
Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) is a Pan-African CSO Network organization with 40 members across 21 African countries whose mandate is to advance for the right to information in Africa.